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18 October 2023
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
All ages welcome
Please join us to celebrate the launch of Infinite in Finite by Andrew Wynn Owen. Hosting the launch will be poet Peter McDonald. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will show the text during readings so that you can read along.
Infinite in Finite develops the inimitable style of The Multiverse, the author’s first collection (2018), praised as showing ‘some of the best technical skills of any living poet’, the work of ‘one who is not afraid of big subjects, whose enthusiastic gaze is directed outward with energy and gladness’. Then Auden and the Romantics lighted his way. To those influences are now added the challenges of a Modernist style, drawing on Marianne Moore, T.S. Eliot and Delmore Schwartz.
In the long sequence ‘Appearance and Reality’ and throughout the collection’s intricate polymetrical stanzas, readers experience more variation than most contemporary free verse provides. The poems challenge assumptions about the place of form in the modern artistic ecosystem.
Registration for this online event will cost £2, redeemable against the cost of the book. You will receive the discount code and instructions for how to purchase the book in your confirmation email as well as during and after the event.
About the speakers:
Andrew Wynn Owen’s first collection, The Multiverse, was published in 2018. He received the Newdigate Prize in 2014 and an Eric Gregory Award in 2015.
Peter McDonald was born in Belfast in 1962. His first book of poetry, Biting the Wax, was published in 1989, and since then six volumes of his verse have appeared, including his Collected Poems (2012). He has written four books of literary criticism, including Mistaken Identities: Poetry and Northern Ireland (1997) and Sound Intentions: The Workings of Rhyme in Nineteenth-Century Poetry (2012). He is Professor of British and Irish Poetry in Oxford University.
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