I am immensely honoured to have my poem, “There Was Fire in Magherafelt”, reappear in vol. 44, no. 1 (2022) of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. (The cover of a recent issue of the CJIS is displayed above.)
The CJIS is the house journal of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies and it publishes scholarly articles on Irish history and culture — particularly as they intersect with the history and culture of Canada. The CJIS also publishes poetry, short fiction and book reviews.
“There Was Fire in Magherafelt” first appeared in A Lamb. It responds to and builds upon celebrated Belfast-born poet Sinéad Morrissey’s remarkable poem, “There Was Fire in Vancouver”. That poem in turn lent its name to Morrissey’s first volume of poetry, published by Carcanet, in 1996.