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James Finnegan

James Finnegan

Biography

James Finnegan was the second-prize winner in the 2022 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition and was shortlisted in the 2021 Bridport Poetry Prize and in the 2018 Hennessy Literary Awards for Emerging Poetry. A sonnet, ‘The Weather-Beaten Scarecrow’, was published in The Irish Times in August, 2021. James, who taught in St Eunan’s College for thirty-three years, holds a doctor of philosophy in living educational theory from the University of Bath. Originally from Dublin, he now lives in Donegal.

Genre: Poetry
Number of publications: 1

Here is a poet of existential crisis, but one who can do a youth-shuffle every bit as adroitly as Van Morrison. The Weather-Beaten Scarecrow is a joy to read.

— Thomas McCarthy

Sample Work

I Don't Believe in Angels

I push against
the ash branches
of morning
and evening sky
folding back
in my stretch for
the good dark
in things
the felt unseen
whispering
through the atria
releasing
some suited angel
in hobnailed boots
crumbling earth
grounding
grinding pretend-time
I am almost certain
I am not
out of my mind

A Posteriori

fainting goats faint for a reason
not a reason they themselves
have thought about
they fall over
then quickly pick
themselves up again
it is not a case
of I can’t go on
& then I’ll go on
but rather
I fall & rise again
to munch sweet meadow brush
& isn’t that a good
enough reason for a fall
in the first place

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The Weather-Beaten Scarecrow
The Weather-Beaten Scarecrow By James Finnegan By Doire Press
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