About Justin Quinn

Justin Quinn was born in Dublin in 1968 and educated at Trinity College Dublin, where he received his doctorate in 1995. Since then he has worked as a lecturer at the Charles University in Prague, where he lives with his wife and son. His first two books of poems, The 'O'o'a'a' Bird (which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection) and Privacy, were published by Carcanet. His third book of poems, Fuselage, was published by Gallery Press in 2002 and his study, Gathered Beneath the Storm: Wallace Stevens, Nature and Community was recently published by University College Dublin Press. Metre, which he edited with David Wheatley for ten years. 2005 sees the publication of his American Errancy: Empire, Sublimity and Modern Poetry, a study of American poetry from T. S. Eliot to Jorie Graham. At present he is writing The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry, 1800-2000 and works at the Charles University, Prague.

Justin Quinn Has written the following articles:

In the Grey Zone

The Rampage by Miroslav Holub. Translated by David Young, with Dana Hábová, Rebekah Bloyd and the author. London: Faber, 1998. £7.99. Narození Sisyfovo: Básné 1989-1997 by Miroslav Holub. Prague: Mladá fronta, 1998. As Reviewed By: Justin Quinn That the English version of this book was published almost a year before the Czech is hardly surprising. […]

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The Deregulated Critic

Sean O’Brien, The Deregulated Muse: Essays on Contemporary British and Irish Poetry. Bloodaxe Books. £10.95 Robin Riley Fast, The Heart as Drum: Continuance and Resistance in American Indian Poetry. U Michigan P. $42.50. Fred Moramarco & William Sullivan. Containing Multitudes: Poetry in the United States Since 1950. Twayne. $33.00. As Reviewed By: Justin Quinn Sean […]

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Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 by Lucille Clifton. Boa Editions. 132pp. $15.00  As Reviewed By: Justin Quinn Lucille Clifton came to prominence in the Black Arts movement in the late 1960s, but this selected poems covers a less dramatic period as the poet moves into middle- and then old-age. As in the careers […]

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Of Grids, Flux and the Patternless Expanse

Simon Armitage & Robert Crawford, eds. The Penguin Book of Poetry from Britain and Ireland Since 1945. Viking. 443pp. £25 Michael Schmidt, ed. The Harvill Book of Twentieth-Century Poetry in English. Harvill Press. 728pp. £20 Peter Forbes, ed. Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century in Poetry. Viking. 596pp. £20 As Reviewed By: […]

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Glossing the Ordinary

Poetry at One Remove: Essays by John Koethe. University of Michigan Press, 2000. The Constructor by John Koethe. HarperFlamingo, 2000. As Reviewed By: Justin Quinn John Koethe is one of the small number of prominent American poets who does not make a living by teaching creative writing. A philosopher by profession, he has written a […]

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Difficult Transitions

Squares and Courtyards by Marilyn Hacker. Norton, 2000. $21.00 As Reviewed By: Justin Quinn Poetic autobiography has always been the grand theme of the poetry of Marilyn Hacker. “Rooms in Bloomsbury” from her first book, Presentation Piece (1974), might have talked of “The horrors of the personal, revealed / in indiscreetly published cahiers”, but those […]

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The Multicultural Melt

By: Justin Quinn The main transformations in American literature over the last thirty years have had a strong effect on poetry as well: the consolidation of African-American writers, the emergence of Native-American, Asian-American and Chicano writers, as well as gay writers, to name but a few. Most of this falls under the rubric of “multiculturalism”, […]

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Studying Sylvia

Sylvia Plath: A Critical Study by Tim Kendall. Faber & Faber/FSG. $15.00 (paper). As Reviewed By: Justin Quinn It has always been difficult to disentangle critical appreciations of the poetry of Sylvia Plath from the lurid anecdotage that surrounds her life and premature death. Most critics haven’t even tried and the results have been dispiriting, […]

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For the Record

Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews, 1958-1996. Edited by David Carter. HarperCollins, 2001. $40.00 (hbk). As Reviewed By: Justin Quinn Does Allen Ginsberg need an introduction? Arguably, not at all. He was the most famous North American poet of the last century, a household name unlike T. S. Eliot or Wallace Stevens. His public presence was huge–bolstered […]

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Calls for Clarification

Words Alone: The Poet T. S. Eliot by Denis Donoghue . Yale UP, 326pp. Adam’s Curse: Reflections on Religion and Literature by Denis Donoghue. University of Notre Dame Press, $24.95 192pp. As Reviewed By: Justin Quinn There are few readers of poetry like Denis Donoghue. One of the last apprentices of the New Critical tradition, […]

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