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Book Reviews & Features


Sundial & Hourglass – Irish Times 2nd April 2021

In his Irish Times review of my fourth collection, Blue Sandbar Moon: A micro-epic (2018), the poet John McAuliffe described it, quite correctly, as “an unusual book”.

Indeed, I would go further and say: a highly unusual book. This is, I suppose, flagged up immediately by the contents itself: the 174 untitled first lines of micropoems, preceded by the beautiful but still-used word Proem (suggesting both poetry and prose) for the opening section of six titled poems and one prose parable. Several readers have remarked that reading through these first-lines itself has the feeling of some opaque but evocative poem…