Poetry

Eamonn is the author of seven collections of poetry, all published by Salmon Publishing in Ireland:

  • Junction City: New and Selected Poems 1990-2015 (2015)
  • Sailing Lake Mareotis (2011)
  • A Tour of Your Country (2008)
  • Refuge at De Soto Bend (2004)
  • The Crosses (2000)
  • Iron Mountain Road (1997)
  • Dyckman-200th Street (1994)

Sailing Lake Mareotis sailinglakemareotis_2

Published by Salmon Poetry

Navigating back and forth between cities and rural spaces, America and Ireland, the ancient and modern, the classroom and home, Eamonn Wall’s new collection presents a many-sided exploration of a fine and fractured world. A centerpiece of Sailing Lake Mareotis is “Actaeon’s Return,” a reworking of Ovid set in a nightmarish Ireland of the future. In a gathering of lyrics, sequences, satires, and flash-fictions, Eamonn Wall explores intricate ways in which contemporary attitudes and practices honour and defile what has been inherited from the past.

Praise for A Tour of Your Country:

Eamonn Wall has become one of the most prominent and exciting contemporary voices of the Irish-American experience. He has an intimate understanding of what it means to be neither here nor there, and his words pull us toward new places. A Tour of Your Country reminds us that we are all linked to foggy roads elsewhere, and it celebrates displacement with the exuberant joy of a homecoming. An Sionnach

A hugely impressive collection. RTE Guide

Wall’s unique achievement is to understand that landscape is culture. The book’s final poem, “Leaving Boise”, though ostensibly describing a road-trip away from the city, stitches personal experience into the wider history of Irish emigration. Not only the US but Ireland is full of wonders and pleasures for this generous writer. The Irish Times


A Tour of Your Country 

Published by Salmon Poetry

In his most wide-ranging work to date, Eamonn Wall probes and meditates on the histories, habitations, landscapes and ecologies of ancestral and newly-encountered places. A Tour of Your Country takes the reader from the American West to the Arctic to Wall’s native Wexford, and to some spaces in-between. Throughout, the poems record and explore the finely-tuned tension that exists between the road and home, between routes and roots, and between the physical world and how poets have been conditioned to observe and represent it. This new collection is a highly-charged literary work-one that engages in dialogues with an array of sources to create a new kind of map of the space that is common to us all.


Refuge at DeSoto Bend 

Published by Salmon Poetry

Eamonn Wall possesses a bright eye for detail – a preacher on a plaza in New Mexico, a juke box in a Courtown café, the arrangement of objects in a window in Co. Sligo, pine needles covered in snow in South Dakota – and it is frequently from these visual images that the poems in his fourth collection take flight. More than anything else, Refuge at De Soto Bend celebrates the joys and heartaches of time spent intensely in the light. One of the many striking themes in this collection, and in much of Eamonn Wall’s acclaimed work, is migration and the search for material and emotional shelter and refuge in unfamiliar locations. In “The Wexford Container Tragedy,” both refugees and locals grieve and seek to come to terms with a new world born out of tragedy. Eamonn Wall, himself an emigrant, recasts the Irish experience of emigration in the light of a new phenomenon: emigration to Ireland. Here is a poet in tune with origins, dislocations, and the quiet moments that crave for description. Eamonn Wall observes and describes a complex world. He listens and records for us some of the resonant truths this bright life reveals about nature, family, memory, hunger, and public and private life in contemporary Ireland and America.


The Crosses 

Published by Salmon Poetry

The Crosses is a striking metaphor which embraces many of the themes that Eamonn Wall explores in his third collection. He takes stock of what we lose and gain as we negotiate paths through an unstable world. Here is a work of mature affirmation which celebrates the deep bonds which bind us to land, water, and the streets of the present and past. With verve and wit, Wall deftly crosses and re-draws the boundaries of the contemporary Irish and American worlds.


Chapbooks:

  • The Tamed Goose. New York: The Hale Press, 1990.
  • Fire Escape. New York: Sunken-Isle Press, 1988.
  • Fragments and Other Poems. Gorey: Gorey Arts Centre, 1981.
  • The Celtic Twilight. Gorey: Gorey Arts Centre, 1974.

Individual poems have been published in

  • The Shop
  • Poetry Ireland Review
  • Cyphers
  • West47
  • TriQuarterly
  • Crab Orchard Review
  • South Dakota Review
  • River Styx
  • The Recorder
  • New Hibernia Review
  • Eire-Ireland
  • Nebraska Review
  • … and other journals.

Lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and is Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He teaches courses in Irish, Irish-American, and British Literature, directs the UM-St. Louis Irish Summer School in Galway, and serves as the director of the Irish Studies Program.