“an endlessly compelling cabinet of poetry.”

If Our Shared Japan doesn’t float your poetic boat you could try The Echoing Years – the third in a trilogy of anthologies of contemporary Canadian and Irish poets. This one features 172 poets, (87 Canadian, 85 Irish), and includes translations/versions of Dante, Virgil, and eastern European poets and is co-edited by John Ennis, Randall Maggs and Stephanie McKenzie. The official launch is in Waterford Institute of Technology School of Humanities tomorrow, followed on Tuesday 27th by a Dublin launch event with the Canadian ambassador to Ireland [scroll down] at the Unitarian Chruch in St. Stephens Green. And, thanks to Martin Mooney in the comments zone here, we have advance notice of a, possibly, more relaxed event this Wednesday evening at Bookfinders Cafe in Belfast. According to Martin

“It’s the Belfast launch of ‘The Echoing Years’, an anthology of Canadian and Irish poetry including francophone and Irish language poets. Some of the contributors will be on hand to read work from the anthology and to discuss the many connections between the two (or four, or more) literatures.”