Described by Bernard O’Donoghue as “the leading poet writing in both Irish and English”, Paddy Bushe is a committed, engaged and highly accomplished writer in Ireland’s two official languages. He is also a much admired translator from the Irish.
Double Vision is the umbrella title of two new books: In Peripheral Vision, Bushe’s latest collection of poems in English, he explores the relationship between seeing and vision, between the often solitary pilgrimage of the artist and the collective journey of the arts in their many expressions and forms.
Second Sight, meanwhile, draws attention to his achievement in Irish, presenting in a dual-language format the poet’s own selection from three previous books, together with his own English language translations.
Together, these two books offer a comprehensive and timely overview of the work of one of the most significant of contemporary Irish poets.
The two books, Second Sight and Peripheral Vision, are available in paperback form while both together, in the single volume Double Vision, are available only in hardback.
Despite the tough tone of Bushe’s poetry, reflecting its material, there is an intelligent sensitivity always at work that does justice to the more tender of human experiences.
— The Irish Times