Joe Carrick-Varty is an Irish/British poet who lives in London. His debut pamphlet Somewhere Far (The Poetry Business, 2019) won the 2018 New Poets Prize. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Statesman, Poetry Ireland Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, Magma, The North, The Interpreter’s House, And Other Poems, Manchester Review, Lighthouse, Crannóg Magazine and elsewhere. He is a book reviewer for PN Review. In 2019 he was selected by Martina Evans for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. He is the founder and co-editor of bath magg, an online magazine of new poetry.
The syntactical precision here demonstrates a care and attention to the weight and balance of each line that is laudable but when wedded to feeling, as it is here, technical excellence rises above mere flair in to something very special. These are assured and beguiling poems. – Kayo Chingonyi (Judge’s commentary – New Poets Prize)
These touching, carefully made poems have an eye for things that happen once, and which resonate once he has set them down on the page. Somehwere Far is an auspicious debut. – John McAullife
Complex emotions condensed into tiny images – Kamila Shamsie (Manchester Anthology VI Foreward)