A love affair with a city in brilliant daylight and chiaroscuro, the poems of Patrick Kehoe’s second collection The Cask of Moonlight are for the most part set in Barcelona, a city of slow time and reflection, of “crepuscular, pastel-tinted shrouds” but also of vitality and luminance, a city that is both man-made and part of the greater natural world in which there can be no guarantees for “whatever nameless thing it was / that resembled love”. Kehoe’s lucid, light-handed lyrics brilliantly illuminate a time and a place, like a full moon over the “beehive ways of the city”. His is already a distinctive voice in Irish poetry.
“These are poems incandescent with love, a love made indissoluble by the poet’s commitment to story-fragments of verse, pared down to the bare essentials, a reminder to us why poetry is in its element with the affairs of the heart…”
— Tom Mooney, The Wexford Echo
ISBN 978 1 906614 95 9 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 106 pp