A baker’s dozen of poetry hits: Elaine Feeney’s poetry mixtape

The Poetry Mixtape compiled by the poet and novelist Elaine Feeney, who interviews Margaret Atwood in the newly published winter issue of The Poetry Review, presents a blazing mix of voices and concerns. Alongside much-loved classics by Frank O’Hara, Don Paterson and Derek Mahon, Feeney has selected fierce and unforgettable testimonies from Rita Ann Higgins, Claudia Rankine and Warshan Shire. Of Shire’s ‘Home’, she writes, “This poem needs no explanation. It is the explanation.”

Elaine Feeney was born in the West of Ireland and lives in Athenry. She published her first chapbook, Indiscipline, in 2007, and has since published three collections of poetry, Where’s Katie? (2010), The Radio Was Gospel (2014) and Rise (2017) with Salmon. Her debut novel, As You Were (Harvill Secker/Vintage, 2020), was shortlisted for Irish Novel of Year and among the Guardian‘s Best Debuts ’20.

Poetry Mixtape is a regular digital accompanying feature to The Poetry Review in which The Poetry Society ask Poetry Review writers to choose their essential poetry of the moment and create a virtual mixtape. The links, audio files and films they select create a rich, energising reading list, and a picture of the writer’s current interests and enthusiasms. Recent contributors include Tommy Sissons, Amy Acre, Nicholas Wong, Dzifa Benson and Anthony Anaxagorou. Share their selections and many more mixtapes at Poetry Mixtape online.

Read Elaine Feeney’s Poetry Mixtape here

Read an extract of Elaine Feeney’s interview with Margaret Atwood

13 January 2020