Landscapes of Irish and Greek Poets juxtaposes two countries on the margins of Europe that display many affinities: Ireland and Greece. It investigates the ways in which contemporary poetry from both countries engages with external and internal landscapes, bringing together essays by poets and scholars, poems in English and Greek and interviews with the Irish poets Paula Meehan and Theo Dorgan. The topics explored include travel, nature, suburban areas, cultural and political landscapes, the perception of wilderness and the influence of technology in the digital age. Especially relevant at a time of ecological and social crisis, the correlation of external landscapes with the landscapes of the mind, mediated by poetry, offers a powerful insight into the world in which we live.
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Joanna Kruczkowska is Associate Professor in the Institute of English Studies at the University of Lodz, where she specializes in ecocriticism and comparative literature in a socio-political context, focusing particularly on Irish, Polish and modern Greek poetry. She is the author of Irish Poets and Modern Greece: Heaney, Mahon, Cavafy, Seferis (2017).