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The Ledger of Fruitful Exchange


Peter Sirr

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‘From the moment of opening The Ledger of Fruitful Exchange we know we are in the company of a real poet.’

—Aisling Maguire, Metre

Peter Sirr’s fourth collection, The Ledger of Fruitful Exchange, is a series of transactions between people and places, departures and arrivals.

The first section explores notions of home and homelessness in the lives of voyagers, residents, tourists, and adventurers, including medieval Jewish travelers and Irish glassmakers. Part two, ‘A Journal’, an extended meditation on desire and difference, charts the history of a love affair.

This wide range of voices, in their varied historical and geographical settings, combines to make this Peter Sirr’s most opulent book to date.

A marvelous fourth volume, where he really makes an enormous psychic jump. Here you have the culmination of all his technical expertise, which he had been developing in his previous volumes, but this time cum corde, with a great infusion of heart.

— Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, The Irish Times


‘The Ledger of Fruitful Exchange marks a great leap forward, placing him at the forefront of the younger poets in these  islands . . . Sirr’s best work marries considerable linguistic talents with a real sense of loss, producing work that is,  in the widest sense of the word, erotic.’

— Brian Lynch, The Irish Times

In an astonishing adventure in language, the like of which brings to mind recent compositions by Paul Muldoon, Sirr’s artistry grows apace . . . he strides forward to become, I am sure, one of our outstanding poets.

— Tom Clyde, Fortnight

It is Sirr’s attention to both the difficulty and the brilliant flowerings of language that makes The Ledger of Fruitful Exchange a genuine breakthrough, and his most interesting collection to date.’

Times Literary Supplement

Year Published: 1995
Details: 96pp
ISBN HBK: 978 1 85235 175 5

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