Three poems on flood histories in rural Ireland

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This article presents three poems inspired by archival research on historical perceptions of flooding and river engineering in Galway city and its rural hinterland. Relationships between people and water, as recorded in early-20th-century minutes of a vice-regal commission on river drainage in rural Ireland and historical newspaper accounts of flooding, are explored and reimagined. The poems focus particularly on the management of flood risk and geomorphological processes (erosion and sedimentation), ‘arterial drainage,’ and individual emotional responses to traumatic floods and their impacts. Reflecting on these poems, I suggest that part of poetry’s contribution to the discipline is to provide a new and exciting way of engaging with the archive
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-374
Number of pages6
JournalCultural Geographies
Issue number2
Early online date06 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2018


  • archive
  • flooding
  • geopoetics
  • Ireland
  • poetry


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