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Shale is the first collection of poems by the winner of the Sunday Tribune ‘New Irish Writer of the Year’ Award and the Hennessy Cognac Award for Poetry whose judges recognised her ‘tremendous maturity, sophistication and wit’.

The book’s longer poems and meditations offer revisions of received themes such as History and Myth, but Vona Groarke is fluent too in shorter modes. The collection includes a number of songs and terse fictions, all of which are illuminated by a haunting and sensual lyricism.

Publication date: 29 September 1994
Details: 64pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 131 4

Cover: ‘Knowth Mace Head’ (3300-2800 BC). Reproduced by permission of The Office of Public Works

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