WITH an Introduction by Theo Dorgan , Groundswell: New and Selected Poems is a generous overview of the work of one of Irish poetry’s most compelling voices, and includes a substantial selection of new poems.
“Patrick Deeley’s imaginative strength springs from his childhood in the west of Ireland, a life close to and involved with nature.  But this is no simplistic nature poetry, the poems are rich – as is the soil – with contradictions, growth and failure, life and death, beauty and horror.  If Deeley stoops “to decipher the scripture of the wood” he is yet aware that even the human is fragile and will pass back into that soil.  The forms of the poems echo this watchful care, their stanzas shaped, their language poised and cautious.  This volume of new and selected poems is a rich and a rigorous achievement.”
 - John F. Deane


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