Cosmocartography by Ciarán Hodgers
Cosmocartography is the debut poetry collection from multi-awardwinning Irish poet Ciarán Hodgers. It investigates a wide range of personal experiences, challenges what it means to belong and documents the journeys we take to understand ourselves, the triumphs and trauma of the stories we carry in us. Ranging in scale from the quiet introversion of meditations on identity to the epic, cinematic movements of the universe, this poetry collection is a love letter to celebration, survival, love and resistance.
Ciarán Hodgers is an Irish poet working and living in the UK. He is the Sean Dunne National Young Writer 2010, an International Pangaea Poetry Slam Champion 2015 and the Word War 3 Slam Champion. In 2014 he produced a spoken word EP titled The Hours and in 2015 he exhibited his experimental prose-poem 4/3 at Amsterdam’s NEU NOW festival.
Having cut his teeth in Cheshire, Manchester and Salford, he’s performed at Guy Garvey’s Meltdown Festival in the Southbank Centre, Lingo Festival Dublin, the London Irish Centre, the John Rylands Library, Threshold Festival, FLARE Festival and in the Royal Albert Hall at the Hammer & Tongue National Slam Final.
This is his first full collection of poetry.
‘Cosmocartograpy is a visceral, cinematic journey through nostalgia, chaos
and stardust. It’s an education in movement and migration, through land,
age and space. A necessary and beautiful collection that left me floored.’
‘This is a clear-sighted, inquisitive and hopeful collection, one that takes
pleasure in language and finds consolation in the bonds it helps us forge,
with each other and with the universe.’
‘Ciarán’s poems found me when I needed them. I felt I saw the world anew
because of his art. Most importantly I ask myself do I believe him? Has he
changed me? The answer is yes on both counts.
STEPHEN JAMES SMITH
‘A poetic pilgrimage that exists somewhere between a heavy night out, a
voyage into outer space and a traditional Irish folk song.’
Shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award