Clarity in vision, thought and language, distinguishes this first collection. With poems that explore place and memory, family, relationships and the natural world, John Fitzgerald establishes a potent empathy with his reader through a watchful precise poetry.
Some poems enact themselves through their linguistic physicality and rootedness in place. Others search deeper for what it means to be alive and alert in the world today. Mometns from America, Iceland and China are set among experiences of the land and countryside around the poet's home in rural Ireland. All are revelations of one sotr or another, their controlled energy producing a drama that is at once private and universal.
Delighting in setting, language and form, The Time Being marks the arrival of a distinctive presence in Irish poetry.
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Date of Publication: 24/06/2021