Inspired by and devoted to absent friends, this selection of poems from 1989 onwards shows Duffy at her bravest and most colourful, a consummate performer who transits without a jolt from Venice to the Underworld, from war-torn elegy to aesthetics.
Though the grand theme is that of memorial and resignation, the verse is full of Gaelic laughter and linguistic trickery. Amongst many highlights, 'Lament for the Scribblers' is a clarion call to failing poets, while the concluding fourpart masterpiece, 'In Novia Scotia', delicately negotiates the mingled threat and fertility of the ocean.
She is no stranger to history or politics: while this collection focuses on personal memorial, it includes poems on World War II, the Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement, damage to the environment, and the dark side of human civilisation generally.
|Publication date||10 Jul 2008|