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Of Shards and Tatters


For more than forty years Eamon Grennan’s poems have been applauded for the carefulness with which they pay attention. In recent years a new generation of writers and readers has embraced his luminous art which is clearly seen in Of Shards and Tatters.

A central theme in this collection is memory and its fragility. As the author’s mind begins to lose its steadiness he retrieves moments of wonder from childhood and fixes them for us. His characteristic long, sinuous sentences, with words and sounds yoked together, build an elegy for Tim Robinson, reconstruct the discovery of his dead father and pour out anguished mourning for a belovèd brother while celebrating an anniversary with his partner and the ordinary joys of family life.

He captures exactly the day-to-day experience of Covid’s isolation and its impact on social interaction. Through a prolonged winter he acknowledges ‘proper responsible distance’ and the value of text, phone call and Zoom. As memorable as it is moving, Of Shards and Tatters is a book of assent and persistence by an enduring spirit, intent on and glorying in ‘simple survival’.

Publication date: 17 May 2024
Details: 56pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 91133 874 1
ISBN HBK: 978 1 91133 875 8

Cover: ‘Winter’s Ground’ by Mary Donnelly, oil on board 2013, by kind permission of the artist

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