Marginal Zones


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The poems which Peter Sirr published in magazines and newspapers — and which won the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the Listowel poetry prize — generated unusual interest in a first collection.

His delight in language and images can now be savoured. Playful, inventive, and at the same time encompassing harsher realities, Marginal Zones displays a talent that is both promising and accomplished.These marginal zones are both literal places and points of acute psychological tension experienced by people who, for one reason or another, have been marginalized. Peter Sirr adopts a wide variety of voices — Lazarus living out the aftermath of a miracle, an academic charting the demise of Irish along a remote Western coast, a suburban housewife, a deposed king — for his despatches from different points of this fringe.

Peter Sirr’s first book is joy to read. To say that Marginal Zones is a promising book would be entirely patronizing. Sirr has technical prowess of estraordinary maturity. His is the least embarrassing first book since Heaney’s Death of a Naturalist . . . Sirr is already a Mandarin, spectacularly gifted and severe.

— Thomas McCarthy, Poetry Ireland Review

. . . a distinguished, convincing debut by an evidently gifted poet.

— Eavan Boland, The Irish Times

Year Published: 1984
Details: 48pp
ISBN PBK: 978 0 904011 70 8
ISBN HBK: 978 0 904011 71 5

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