Poetry at Sangam




James Byrne’s most recent poetry collections are Everything Broken Up Dances (Tupelo, US, 2015) and White Coins (Arc Publications, UK, 2015). He is the editor of The Wolf, which he co-founded in 2002, an influential literary magazine on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2012 he co-translated and co-edited Bones Will Crow, the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poetry to be published in English (Arc, 2012, Northern Illinois University Press, 2013). He is the co-editor of Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century, published by Bloodaxe in 2009; he edited The Wolf: A Decade in July 2012. Byrne received a PhD from Edge Hill University and an MFA in Poetry from New York University, where he was given a Stein Fellowship (‘Extraordinary International Scholar’). He was poet-in-residence at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and is Senior Lecturer in poetry and poetics at Edge Hill, where he co-directs Edge Hill University Press and has co-edited their most recent title: Atlantic Drift: An Anthology of Poetry and Poetics. Byrne has given readings in Libya and Syria and is renowned for his commitment to international poetry. He is the International Editor for Arc Publications and his poems have been translated into several languages including Arabic, Burmese and Chinese. Forrest Gander writes that reading Everything Broken Up Dances is ‘like gulping firewater shots of the world’.

Poems by James Byrne

From The Caprices

What a sacrifice

Pretty teachings

For heaven’s sake: and it was her mother

All will fall

And so was his grandfather

Neither more nor less

The Filiation

When day breaks we will be off