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Ann Curran

Ann Curran

Ann Curran’s latest book of poems is “Irish Ayes.” Jim Daniels says, “It cuts through the romanticized version of Ireland and offers fresh insights into the land and its people. Curran has a sharp eye on all she sees, and with wit and grace, captures the rich complexity that others overlook.” Kristofer Collins says, “I love Ann Curran’s poems! Funny, prickly and overflowing with heart.” Curran’s other books include “Knitting the Andy Warhol Bridge,” which received a Pushcart Prize nomination from Lummox Press. “Irish Ayes” is available at the Irish Design Center in Oakland, Reilly’s Pour House in Carnegie or through publisher Main Street Rag. Curran lives on Mount Washington.

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The first time I went up north to Belfast, a helicopter hovered overhead. Very young and very nervous soldiers with guns too large for their skinny bodies carried their fears across the darkened streets. In the Europa lobby, the guide bragged, “This is the most bombed hotel in the world.” We stayed in…
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