Eamonn Wall will be one of the featured readers at Duff's, 392 North Euclid, on Monday, January 24, along with Dwight Bitikofer and Lisa Ebert. Langen Neubacher of StL LOUD will play before and after the readers. An open-mic will follow the featured readers, and advance sign-up is encouraged. Doors open at 7:30, and the cover is $3.
Eamonn Wall is the author of five collections of poetry—most recently A Tour of Your Country (2008), all published by Salmon Publishing in Ireland. Sailing Lake Mareotis, a new volume, will appear 2011. From the Sin-e Café to the Black Hills, a collection of essays, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2000 and awarded the Michael J. Durkan Prize for excellence in scholarship. Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions will be published by the University of Notre Dame Press this March. Essays, articles, and reviews of Irish, Irish American, and American writers have appeared in The Irish Times, New Hibernia Review, Irish Literary Supplement, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, South Carolina Review, and other journals. Eamonn Wall lives in St. Louis, and is Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Waking Softly, Tennessee-- © Eamonn Wall
How our soft themes attach themselves
to rivers, flood plains, deciduous brown
golding, bright autumnal sun buffed up.
Entering Tennessee again the heart tung-
able of breath step, tray of artichoke set
in a beige order, the red of wine stretched
out beyond to low brown hills where
a gathering held noon time’s reinsoffering praise, each child dabbing a patch
of colour to a fine-lined page. We ramble
along by an old river, old Mississippi,
her movement of herself no grand gesture
of narration but a dreamless, awkward,
majestic sleep somnambulation. By car
or climbing route to air from Memphis,
we might note, though cannot note, how
cold the kestrel’s pointed, indigent recall.