About Moira Egan

Name: Moira

Bio: Moira Egan’s most recent book is Hot Flash Sonnets (Passager Books, 2013). Poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad, including Best American Poetry 2008, The Book of Forms, and Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics. With her husband, Damiano Abeni, she has published translations of works by Ashbery, Barth, Ferlinghetti, Hecht, Strand, and others. Their translations of Italian poems into English are included in the FSG Book of 20th Century Italian Poetry and in Patrizia Cavalli’s My Poems Will Not Change the World. A very long time ago, James Merrill chose her graduate thesis for the David Craig Austin Prize at Columbia University.

Moira Egan’s most recent book is Hot Flash Sonnets (Passager Books, 2013). Poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad, including Best American Poetry 2008, The Book of Forms, and Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics. With her husband, Damiano Abeni, she has published translations of works by Ashbery, Barth, Ferlinghetti, Hecht, Strand, and others. Their translations of Italian poems into English are included in the FSG Book of 20th Century Italian Poetry and in Patrizia Cavalli’s My Poems Will Not Change the World. A very long time ago, James Merrill chose her graduate thesis for the David Craig Austin Prize at Columbia University.


Moira Egan Has written the following articles:


Techne in Textiles: Merrill’s “Investiture at Cecconi’s’”

In “Investiture at Cecconi’s,” James Merrill weaves a beautiful, sapphic fabric whose warp and weft intertwine chiaroscuro threads of fate, epiphany, beauty, and death as the expression of an initiation into the realm of living with and dying from AIDS. The poem opens, with notes of intimacy, outside the door of “their” Venetian tailor: “caro,” […]

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