Each finely crafted poem in this well-tempered, mellow and warily wise collection voices the mature savoir-faire of one who has surveyed the natural and human landscapes – local, familial and across the globe, their myths and histories – in expansive depth, with caring insight. Weighing what is rememberable against what tends to be forgotten, Amplified Silence shows how “the past reaches forward,” while precisely measuring the volume-level at which silence itself rises to speak. In multiple dimensions it will leave readers moved and enlarged. ~ Allan Briesmaster, author of The Long Bond.
Though shadowed by a keen sense of history and a clear-eyed awareness of violence, Kieran Egan's humorously thoughtful poetry excels at evoking the lives of children and animals and at exploring the pleasures of memory as well as the sadness of ageing, His linguistic skills will charm and beguile. ~ Christopher Levenson, first Editor and co-founder, ARC magazine. and author of “Night Vision”
Diverse journeys, both actual and imagined, coalesce in a collection that not only explores those occasional flashes of grace and "happy lightning" during a lifetime, but also the "slow slaughter" of aging. Insights about memory, humanity and mortality bloom from the "root of this writing hand" and will linger in the mind long after the reader turns the last page. - Fiona Tinwei Lam -author of “Odes and Laments” and “Enter the Crysanthemum”
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Kieran Egan's poem "Latin Class" in the book AMPLIFIED SILENCE won The New Quarterly’s Nick Blatchford Contest ($1,000!). The poem.appeared in issue #160, Fall 2021.
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Kieran Egan was born in Clonmel, Ireland, and educated, after a fashion, in England. He is a Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University and a member of the Royal Society of Canada. His chapbook, Among the branches, was published by Alfred Gustav Press, in June, 2019. He was shortlisted for the Times Literary Supplement Mick Imlah prize in 2017 and the Acumen International Poetry Competition in 2020. His poems have appeared in many Canadian, UK, and USA magazines. In a former life he published twenty plus sort-of academic books, with forty or so translations into about twenty other languages. Kieran Egan lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.