The Hungry Grass
[poems]Book - 2014
This book tells a story that nobody knows because at the time the story happened, nobody cared. The individual lives of the labouring Irish were unrecorded, irrelevant. The Hungry Grass weaves the threads of daily routine, annual cycles, religious faith, fairy belief, communal practice, and political reality to show as clear a picture as possible of the very complex life among Irish tenant families in the nineteenth-century, culminating with An Gorta M#65533;r--The Great Hunger. This volume is one continuous poem that unfolds over the course of fifteen years. It never falters in evoking its theme, or in being focused and concise, with impeccable word choices, and unfailing, echoing rhythm. When employed, the rhyming is subtle and musical. The shape of thought, which is a consistent seven-syllable line, is masterful in its execution of sound and sense. This is poetry that will show anyone who doubts it the continuing and necessary love of this craft, this art.
Publisher: Toronto :, Inanna Publications,, 2014.
Branch Call Number: 819. 1 MUR
Characteristics: 82 pages.