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

. . . her rich poems and her sharp eye for details of the natural world — are given a resonant tension by the stretched ties to her native country.

— Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry

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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) and What Just Happened (2015).

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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What Just Happened

What Just Happened includes poems set on the west coasts of Ireland and the United States. But ‘the rumble beneath her poetic language . . . is most often the noise made by the tectonic plates of personality as they shift beneath the surface terrain of relationships’ (Wes Davis).

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