Scattered through the ragtaggle underbrush starting to show green shoots lie the dark remains of rail sleepers napping now beside the rusted-out wreck of a Chevy that was once sky-blue and now is nothing but shattered panels and anonymous bits of engine in the ditch by a path that was once a railway line
Born in 1941, Eamon Grennan is a Dublin native and Irish citizen who has lived in the United States for over thirty years. He was educated at University College in Dublin and Harvard University.
His collections include: Matter of Fact (Graywolf Press, 2008); The Quick of It (Graywolf Press, 2005); Renvyle, Winter (special limited edition, 2003); Still Life with Waterfall (Graywolf Press, 2002), winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Selected & New Poems (Gallery Books, 2000); Relations: New & Selected Poems (Graywolf Press, 1998); So It Goes (Graywolf Press, 1995), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize; As If It Matters (Graywolf Press, 1992); and What Light There Is and Other Poems (North Point Press, 1989), a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
His Leopardi: Selected Poems (Princeton University Press, 1997) won the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and he has published a collection of critical essays, Facing the Music: Irish Poetry in the Twentieth Century (Creighton University Press, 1999).
In his citation for the 2003 Lenore Marshall Award, poet Robert Wrigley wrote, "Grennan would have us know—no, would have us see, feel, hear, taste, and smell—that the world, moment by ordinary or agonizing moment, lies chock-full with its own clarifications and rewards."
As well as a number of Pushcart Prizes, Grennan has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
He taught at Vassar College until his retirement. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York, and spends as much time as he can in the West of Ireland.