Read Me, I’m Irish: 24 Books by Irish-American Poets

Though I can’t prove it, this long list of Irish-American poets seems to indicate that a gift for storytelling is in the genes. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with poetry by these descendants of the Emerald Isle.


best of it kay ryan The Best of It: New and Selected Poemsby Kay Ryan

The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara, by Frank O’Hara

 Dear Ghostsby Tess Gallagher

Felt, by Alice Fulton

The Heart Is Strange: New and Selected Poems
by John Berryman

 In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: New and Selected Poems, 1955-2007by X.J. Kennedy

It’s Not Nostalgia: Poetry and Prose, by Michael Lally

heart is strangeThe Kingdom of Ordinary Timeby Marie Howe

Letter to an Imaginary Friendby Thomas McGrath

The Liberties, by Susan Howe

The Maximus Poems, by Charles Olson

Only the Dreamer Can Change the Dream, by John Logan

Poems, by Alan Dugan

 The Rain in Portugalby Billy Collins

Red Actions: Selected Poems, 1960-1993by Robert Kelly

Second Childhoodby Fanny Howe

secret room james laughlinThe Secret Roomby James Laughlin

Selected Poemsby Ted Berrigan

Selected Poems: 1945-2005by Robert Creeley

Shannon: A Poem of the Lewis and Clark Expeditionby Campbell McGrath

Strong is Your Hold, by Galway Kinnell

The Sin Eater: A Breviaryby Thomas Lynch

Songby Brigit Pegeen Kelly

This Morningby Michael Ryan




About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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