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Justin Quinn

Quinn is one of the few contemporary poets whose command of cadence and rhyme issues in forms that go beyond mechanical formalism; the result is memorable poetry of sustained lyrical power.

— Peter McDonald, TLS, Books of the Year


Whether in short lyrics or in the longer pieces Quinn’s lyricism, subtlety of thought and precision of expression are a constant pleasure.

James Harpur, Southword

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Justin Quinn was born in Dublin in 1968 and educated at Trinity College. He lives in Prague where he teaches at the University of Western Bohemia in the Czech Republic.

He has published five collections with The Gallery Press, Fuselage (2002), Waves and Trees (2006), Close Quarters (2011), Early House (2015) and Shallow Seas (September 2020). Early collections of poetry are The ‘O’o’a’a’ Bird (1995) and Privacy (1999), both from Carcanet. 

Justin Quinn has written four books of criticism including the Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry (2008). He also translates Czech poetry. His translations of Petr Borkovec, From the Interior: Selected Poems 1995-2005 appeared in 2008 (Seren) and those of Bohuslav Reynek, The Well at Morning, in 2017. 

His poetry has appeared in the Yale Review, TLS, Poetry Review, Irish Times, New Yorker, Poetry Ireland Review, Souvislosti, The Literateur, Body and the Irish Review among others. Tomáš Fürstenzeller translated his poetry into Czech (Vlny a stromy; Opus, 2009). His novel, Mount Merrion, was published in September 2013.

He was a founding editor of the poetry journal Metre and has published two critical studies, Gathered Beneath the Storm: Wallace Stevens, Nature and Community, and American Errancy: Empire, Sublimity and Modern Poetry.

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Shallow Seas by Justin Quinn

Shallow Seas

‘I feel ripped open,’ Justin Quinn remarks in one of the poems in his new collection. A man in middle age may be a wreck, but before he turns into dust he may find ways to let the weirdnesses and passions of the world course through him.

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