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Wyeth is a beachcomber on the edge of his own infinities, where fact, legend and anecdote flow together' Harry Clifton

The Art Of Dying by Adam Wyeth
Silent Music by Adam Wyeth
Silent Music by Adam Wyeth

ISBN: 978-1-910669-59-4
Page Count: 70
Publication Date: 08/11/2016
Price: €12.00
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About this book

The moon is in the wind
and the wind is in the bough
and the bough is in the door
that our father leaves open.

From mountain pass to storm-tossed seashore, from Barcelona to the Drakensberg, these new poems by Adam Wyeth feature journeys both witty and surreal. There is much that is busy transforming here, from kitchen to ice-rink; rock to hatching egg. In the richly imagined Talking Tree Alphabet, a birch tree becomes Marilyn Monroe holding down her skirt, while the blackthorn is a ‘ravaged whore’. At the heart of the collection, the still point around which the energies flow, is a boy’s relationship with his father, the absurd indignity of death, and the ceaseless unfolding of the generations: ‘An ancient vellum/ where the next life is written’. Language, the raw material of the poet who shapes and makes sense of the world, is celebrated without forgetting the humble source of it all, Yeats’s foul rag and bone shop, or ‘thorns/that draw blood and score the heart completely’ (from ‘Gorse’). Dancing on the edge of civilization, preferring the energizing potential of dream and myth, Wyeth’s is a refreshing new voice on the Irish poetry scene. Katie Donovan