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When me and a bunch of poets went out on the Poetry Trail

WITH SANDY YANNONE

Last week, Limerick was very pleased to welcome again US poet Sandy Yannone, during her second journey to Limerick and Ireland. Sandy was born in Connecticut, and holds a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently directs the Writing Centre at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Her poetic production has been strongly influenced by the 1912 Titanic sinking, a tragedy Sandy has always been interested in, and which creates a connection between the US poet and Ireland. A tragedy which speaks directly to Sandy’s soul, and which she finds impossible to keep hidden: through the faces of those passengers, Sandy shapes the faces living in her verses, echoing the cheers and the cries which alternated during the unlucky journey of the transatlantic. This never-ending parallelism with contemporary tragedies, like the Orlando shooting in Florida in Summer 2016, shapes her poems, confusing the spaces and mixing the times, setting autobiographical events on board of that ship and recalling far dates in her everyday life.

 

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