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Medbh McGuckian and Gerald Dawe Book Launch
October 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Last Peacock celebrates the lives of family and friends while viewing with a questioning and ironic eye the present-day world of conflict and crisis from his ‘eyrie’ in south County Dublin and from the River Lagan following his return to his native Belfast. In the Dublin Review of Books Richard Hayes acknowledged ‘A poetry that trusts in the power of images’ as history — ‘the near dark’ — erupts in the smallest, out-of-the-way detail to produce a powerful and cohesive collection.
Lucy Collins praised Gerald Dawe’s poetry for ‘the seriousness of its engagement with acts of remembering. The very brevity and precision challenges the ease with which the past can be deployed in the contemporary lyric, suggesting instead the risk-taking — both creatively and emotionally — that such investigations involve.’ (Poetry Ireland Review)
At the emotional heart of Marine Cloud Brightening is a series of elegies for fellow Irish poets and for the author’s younger brother. The damage to and demise of our planet is heralded in a number of ecological warnings. As Caitríona O’Reilly has written in The Irish Times, ‘Medbh McGuckian’s has always been an illusive, continually self-masking aesthetic . . . the strength of her poetry lies in her capacity for phrase-making; her prosody has the ring of complete conviction even when it deals in gorgeous abstraction . . . her historical ventriloquism is simply another layer in the multi-layered, self-conscious, and simmeringly symphonic work.’