In his brash, brave, and wildly imaginative new collection, Nick Laird, “an assured and brilliant voice in Irish poetry” (Colm Toibin), encounters giants in many forms: literary giants, mythological giants, astrological giants, and the New York football team, brought together with explosive intellect and energy.
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Praise for Go Giants
Nick Laird is the author of two previous collections of poetry, On Purpose and To a Fault. His honors include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Born in Ireland, he lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University.
“Easily his most accomplished [collection] to date….[Laird] gives everything of himself in a poetry as expansive and thought-provoking as his considered response to an infinitely complicated universe needs it to be.” –The Guardian
“Displays an almost child-like wonder in the variety and slippage of language, alongside an adult sensibility of its boundless possibilities and dangers….Here are some of Laird’s most successful and mature poems.”—The Times
“An intricately woven display of memory, passion and learning … impressive … startling.”—Sunday Telegraph
“Both playful and powerful … Wonderful … At his frequent best he finds the right voice to address and calm the fears of past and future times.”—Daily Telegraph
“Undoubtedly [Laird's] most accomplished, fully realised and ambitious collection to date … fiercely intelligent and pursuasive … It’s only fitting that it is a poet of Laird’s skill who reminds of the rewards that are reaped by language that is hard won and powerfully executed.”—Irish Post
“Go Giants is both passionate and thoughtfully constructed. Anyone with an interest in the continuing evolution of Irish poetry will want to read it.”—Irish Times