Our latest Poem Of The Week, selected by The Poetry Programme, is 'Who owns the field' by Jane Clarke. You can listen below:
‘Who owns the field?’ by Jane Clarke is from her first collection ‘The River’, published by Bloodaxe Books. That collection topped the best-seller list in bookshops in Ireland, a rare achievement for a first book of poetry.
Originally from a farm in Roscommon, Jane now lives near Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow. She was shortlisted for the Royal Society for Literature Ondaatje Award 2016 and won the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry with three poems from 'The River', 'For Isobel', 'The Blue Bible' and 'Every Tree'. Poet and novelist Paul Perry gave the judges' commentary: "The winner emerged with a clarity, a hard-earned singularity - a quiet modest voice, one which has an integrity of the lived life to it - neither showy, nor glib, no tricks, or easy punch-lines - but a definite and respectful sense of tradition. Fine detail marked these poems out, 'the fishtail chisel with its shallow sweep', 'the fiddleback grain'. Here arepoems of memory, of childhood and affection, written with lyrical grace, finesse and elegance.”
Jane was a guest on the Poetry Programme in November 2015 - you can listen back to the full interview here.
Photo: Isobel O’Duffy