Ciaran Berry at Smith College: 10 December by Suella Holland | Dec 1, 2019 | Events, News, Poetry, Readings Ciaran Berry Poetry Reading 7:30 – 9pm Tuesday, December 10, 2019, Campus Center 208 Multipurpose Room Free and open to the public. In the opening poem of Ciaran Berry’s acclaimed third collection, Liner Notes (2018), the speaker’s engagement with the past is first compared to a film playing backwards, then to reading the liner notes on a familiar album raised “grail-like into the wayward light.” In Berry’s work, there is no one way of engaging with the complexities of the past that could ever be sufficient. Reaching back into the recesses of a life growing up in Ireland that seems at once familiar and othered, these poems—both celebratory and elegiac—veer, rewind, and roam between subjects as diverse as the death of Elvis, a visit to a butterfly garden and Dolly the cloned sheep. Berry is also the author of The Dead Zoo (2013), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and The Sphere of Birds (2008), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Originally from the West of Ireland, he lives in West Hartford and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Trinity College.