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Gallery Books, 1998 - Poetry - 70 pages
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Dermot Healy's poems "project an open, rugged humanity, celebratory of common life" -- The Irish Times. In this second collection, Healy broadens his focus from his communal devotions to the quick of the natural world. Local speech patterns incorporate idiosyncratic observations and sometimes surreal incursions. In a book busy with life -- "Everything is on the go. Time is moving inland". -- Dermot Healy registers sounds and silences in ultimately peaceful ways.

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Dermot Healy was born in Finea, County Westmeath, Ireland on November 9, 1947. His first volume of short stories, Banished Misfortune, was published in 1982. He wrote several novels including A Goat's Song, Sudden Times, and Long Time, No See. He also wrote volumes of poetry including A Fool's Errand and a memoir entitled The Bend for Home. He won several literary prizes including the Hennessy, the Tom Gallon and the Encore. He also wrote and directed plays including The Long Swim and On Broken Wings. He was the ageing Irish emigrant narrator in Nichola Bruce's film, I Could Read the Sky in 1999. He died on June 29, 2014 at the age of 66.

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