ISBN: 978-1-907682-45-2 | Pages: 72 | Published: 2016
Jewtown explores the journey of Jewish people who escaped the pogroms in Russia in the late 19th century, eventually settling in Cork City. This book-length sequence of poems explores the themes of immigration, survival and hope. Almost all of these people lived in an area of the city, which became fondly known as Jewtown, and became the centre of a vibrant Jewish community. The only evidence of these settlers are the census records of 1901 and 1911. Each poem encounters a character and their struggles and hopes in their new environment from lowly pedlars to the father of a future Lord Mayor. Anyone who comes to a country must begin somewhere and this collection tracks this journey, mirroring any immigrant’s story to this day.