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Sara Berkeley

Like Louise Glück’s The House on the Marshland and Medbh McGuckian’s earlier work, these poems choose to ‘hunker down near the rim of the world’ for their images, where they lucidly criss-cross boundaries between the speaker’s emotions and the landscape without succumbing to pathetic fallacy or becoming tritely confessional . . .

— Selina Guinness, The Irish Times



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Sara BerkeleySara Berkeley was born in Dublin in 1967 and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Raven Arts Press published her first collection, Penn, in 1986. Since then she has published Home Movie Nights (poems, 1989), The Swimmer in the Deep Blue Dream (stories, 1992), Facts about Water (new and selected poems, 1994) and Shadowing Hannah (a novel, 1999).

The Gallery Press has published her recent poetry collections, Strawberry Thief (2005), The View from Here (2010), What Just Happened (2015) and The Last Cold Day (2022, winner of the 2023 Yeats Society Poetry Prize).

She lives with her husband in upstate New York where she works as a hospice nurse.

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The Last Cold Day

Poems in Sara Berkeley’s fourth Gallery book are alert to climate threat, conjuring memories of fires sending up ‘their smoky prayers’ and ‘the ice [that] sings its long last song, / a requiem.’

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