Open Eye Gallery: Book Launch: The caprices with James Byrne

Open Eye Gallery: Book Launch: The caprices with James Byrne
Open Eye Gallery: Book Launch: The caprices with James Byrne

Venue: Open Eye Gallery
Dates: 11/12/2019
Times: 18:00 - 20:00

Launching a poetry collection written to accompany the Los Caprichos images, originally published by Francisco Goya on February 6th 1799.


Open Eye Gallery hosts the Liverpool launch of THE CAPRICES, a new poetry collection by James Byrne, corresponding with Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos and published by Arc Publications. Poems to be read on the night, images also available. Refreshments provided. Arrive at 6pm for 6.30pm reading. Please RSVP.

Born in England, James Byrne is a leading international poet, editor and translator. His most recent poetry collections are The Caprices (2019), Everything Broken Up Dances (Tupelo, 2015), White Coins (Arc) and WITHDRAWALS (KFS, 2019). Byrne received an MFA in Poetry from New York University, where he was given a Stein Fellowship (‘Extraordinary International Scholar’). He was the Poet in Residence at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. He lives near Liverpool where he is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University.

Renowned for his commitment to international poetries and poetics, Byrne’s Selected Poems (Poemas Escogidos) is published in Spanish by Buenos Aires Poetry, translated by Katherine M. Hedeen and Víctor Rodríguez Núñez. He has given poetry readings across the world, at festivals in countries such as Libya, Myanmar, Syria, across Europe and the United States.

Of Everything Broken Up Dances the American poet and translator Forrest Gander has written that reading Byrne’s poetry is ‘like gulping firewater shots of the world’: The poet John Kinsella wrote: ‘James Byrne is a phenomenon and Blood/Sugar is astonishing…He is a complete original.’

Niall McDevitt has written of The Caprices as ‘a collaboration, an illuminated text, a setting of Goya to music. The poetic response is a tour de force within the constraints of form and yet it moves with a mercury dash’.