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The Deep Heart’s Core
Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem

Edited by Eugene O’Connell and Pat Boran
Foreword by Bernard O’Donoghue

Paper $16.95    |    978-1-910251-18-8    |    2017

In The Deep Heart’s Core, some 100 Irish poets revisit a favorite, key, or touchstone poem of their own and offer a short commentary on its impact. The result is an illuminating, thought-provoking, and unique anthology that offers a rare glimpse into the thinking, feeling, and craft behind the finished poems. The Deep Heart’s Core is both an ideal introduction to contemporary Irish poetry for the general reader and a handbook for the aspiring practitioner or student.

After Love
Paddy Bushe
for Fíona

The cockle relaxes its grip. Small creatures,
Like nerves on the estuary of our bodies,
Settle again, and discover once more
Their oozing world, as the tide recedes.
The frantic seaweed, stilled now,
Only half regrets the small rivulets
Still trickling, unpractised, towards the sea.
The small salt-grassed islands can forget
The surge and swell that joined them
And go back to just being islands,
For the time being, and the space being,
To ring and ring and ring in silence.
A lark is climbing through octaves of the sky
To celebrate us, high and dry.

Featured poets include:

  • Dermot Bolger
  • Ciaran Carson
  • Sarah Clancy
  • Theo Dorgan
  • Michael Hartnett
  • Brendan Kennelly
  • Thomas Kinsella
  • Aifric Mac Aodha
  • Paula Meehan
  • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
  • Doireann Ní Ghríofa
  • Karl Parkinson
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