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The Emma Press


priced out

priced out


priced out is the debut pamphlet of poems by Conor Cleary.

“apart from general chit-chat

he had some beautiful tweets:

manuscript illuminations & vellum

codices with dead alphabets

& gilded marginalia


he did a series on medieval bees

& medieval attitudes to bees;

how people thought

they were tiny fuzzy birds

that built castles & kept kings”

Paperback ISBN: 9781912915255
Publication date: 13th June 2019
Page count: 36

Conor Cleary

Conor Cleary is from Tralee, Ireland and lives in Glasgow. He has an MA in Poetry from Queen's University Belfast, where he was the recipient of the 2016 Seamus Heaney Centre MA Award. In 2018, he was the winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award. His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The Tangerine, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Stinging Fly. This is his first poetry pamphlet.


Conor Cleary’s poems live unmistakably in the twenty-first century, mapping the contours of a world of goofy Vines, flat-pack Christmas trees, and the barely-suppressed terror of economic precarity.

The centrepiece is a tender and wry sequence of sonnets which explores the 1990s economic bubble and its deflated aftermath. Poem after poem reaffirms a commitment to human connection, working towards a calmly bemused acceptance of the dangers and wonders of contemporary existence.

‘explicit, personal, and complex’ – Sphynx

Read more Conor Cleary in Bath Magg

Additional information

Dimensions 12.9 × 19.8 cm

Print, eBook

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