By Joseph Woods


Joseph Woods’ first two collections of poems, Sailing to Hokkaido (2001), and Bearings (2005), issued in a single volume.


Drogheda-born poet Joseph Woods’ first two collections of poems, Sailing to Hokkaido (2001), for which he received the Patrick Kavanagh Award, and Bearings (2005), both originally published in the UK, have been unavailable now for some time. In advance of the publication of his third collection in 2011, Dedalus Press publishes in a single volume the poems from those first two titles, making them available to a new and wider readership.

“A poet with the whole world in his hip-pocket”, is how James J McAuley has described him, and Woods is certainly among the most widely travelled of the younger generation of Irish poets, resulting in poems of detached, lucid observation that yet go far beneath the surfaces and situations which prompt them, whether on the far side of the world “Where the word for beautiful is clean”, as the title of one poem has it, or closer to home where the complex history of an Irish Big House or a sequence of small holdings on a nondescript roadside may provide the opportunity for an “airing of dark interiors”.

ISBN 9781906614379 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 120 pp

Additional information

Weight.15 kg
Dimensions216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614379
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 120 pp
  • Published: : October 2010

About The Author


JOSEPH WOODS is the award-winning author of three poetry collections. Sailing to Hokkaido (2001) won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and, together with his second, Bearings, was reissued by Dedalus in a single volume entitled Cargo in 2010. His most recent, Ocean Letters (2011), has been translated into Hungarian and was awarded the Irodalmi Jelen Prize in 2013. A past recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award and of the Katherine and Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship, he was for many years Director of Poetry Ireland. Widely travelled, he lived in Japan in the early 1990s and has travelled extensively and often in Asia. He has edited various publications including, with Irene de Angelis, Our Shared Japan (Dedalus Press, 2007), an anthology exploring the influence of Japanese poetry and culture in general on Irish writing. He moved to Myanmar in the years leading up to democratic elections and now lives in Harare, Zimbabwe with his family. “A poet with the whole world in his hip-pocket.” — James J McAuley