The Book of Life: Poems to Tide You Over is a major new anthology, in an attractive pocket-book format, charts the journey of life from birth to death in poems drawn from almost 40 years of publications from one of Ireland’s most respected poetry imprints.
The best poetry is a form of spiritual autobiography – poems that stand as way-markers along a poet’s soul journey. Such poems tend to narrate a particular life-experience, but somehow in their telling they touch the soul of the reader. They remind us not so much of a shared experience but rather a shared knowing. They resonate with a mood or tone within ourselves that we instantly recognise as true.
Such potent writing is a rare thing, but the poems gathered here [drawn from the extensive range of Dedalus Press books in print] are such poems – way-markers and turning points along the journey of our becoming. Each one captures an important rite of passage, or the closure or beginning of a personal epoch. Though the experience may be unique to its author, the poems resonate with a far wider sense of soul knowledge … It is not the voice of one particular poet that we come away with, but rather the collective voice of our shared humanity.
– GRACE WELLS, from The Introduction
Includes poems by Leland Bardwell, Pat Boran, Paddy Bushe, Catherine Ann Cullen, Patrick Deeley, Katherine Duffy, Erin Fornoff, Francis Harvey, Ann Joyce, John Kelly, Paula Meehan, Gerry Murphy, Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mary Noonan, Paul Perry, Mark Roper, Gerard Smyth, Mutsuo Takahashi, Ross Thompson, Jessica Traynor, Grace Wells, Joseph Woods, Enda Wyley and many more.
The Book of Life: Poems to Tide You Over
Edited by Grace Wells
170 x 105 Paperback, ISBN 9781915629074
203 x 127 Hardback, ISBN 9781915629067
11 November 2022