Book launch: Earth Voices Whispering

Center for Irish Programs and the John J. Burns Library present the American book launch of Earth Voices Whispering: An Anthology of Irish War Poetry 1914–45, edited by Gerald Dawe on Thursday, March 19, 2009, from 4:30-6:00pm in the Burns Library. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a 20% discount. Please RSVP to Lori Shemanski, by email ( or phone (617-552-3282).

Gerald Dawe was the Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies in the spring semester, 2005, and he credits his stay at Boston College as key to his work in compiling Earth Voices Whispering. Featuring over 250 poems by poets such as Francis Ledwidge, W.B. Yeats, and Seamus Heaney, and including new poems by Derek Mahon and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, the anthology records the thoughts and experiences of poets as soldiers, patriots, observers, protesters, medics and mourners. Dawe is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, where he is also a senior lecturer in English and the director of the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing. He is the author of seven collections of poetry, including his most recent collection, Points West.

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