Vona Groarke

Vona Groarke is an Irish poet. She has published six collections with Gallery Press, the latest being X, (2014), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In the U.S., she publishes with Wake Forest University Press. Her poems have recently appeared in Yale Review, The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, The Guardian, The Times and Poetry Review. She teaches poetry in the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester in the UK. In June / July 2015, she will visit Australia for the first time, taking up a Residence at Varuna, The Writers' House.

How to Name a City: a Dual Approach

Firstly, settle on a name adopted, let’s say, from a river or a mythical heroine. Allow its heft and gloss to determine who chooses to live there, who imagines their days to fit. Let the pivot of vowel and consonant, …

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