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In The Radio, Leontia Flynn exercises her signature wit, formal inventiveness, bitter irony, and unique blend of vernacular speech and literary allusion. In the title poem, the radio is a portal from the outside world, piping “explosive news” of the Northern Irish Troubles into the poet’s childhood home, her mother constantly turning to “field the blow” from her children’s ears.
About the Author
Leontia Flynn was born in County Down, Northern Ireland. Her previous poetry collections—These Days (2004), Drives (2008), and Profit and Loss (2011)—have won much acclaim, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the Eric Gregory Award, as well as being shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize.