We’re pleased to announce the publication of three new titles from Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Derek Mahon and a writer new to The Gallery Press, Grace Wilentz.
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s Collected Poems is a book of singular beauty and uncommon cohesion. It contains work from more than fifty years and nine collections and includes new, previously unpublished poems.
For all the serenity of their surfaces a core of historical concern permeates her lines. Often she attends to marginalized or solitary figures and embraces multiple journeys which transport her readers to the dramas of hinted narratives. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s art is a wonder.
As Maria Johnston wrote in Poetry Ireland Review, ‘One could spend one’s whole life reading Ní Chuilleanáin’s oceanic oeuvre and still feel that one has only sailed on the surface of this fugitive poet’s unending, elaborate, and endlessly transformative mysteries.’
Please note that Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s magnificent Collected Poems is also available in a special limited signed edition. Eighty-five copies are bound in a slip case. Only seventy-five numbered copies are for sale. A few remain. A collector’s item. A perfect gift. (Please email us for further details: [email protected])
Washing Up – Derek Mahon
Since the warm reception of his last volume, Against the Clock, Derek Mahon has continued to produce remarkable work in a variety of modes. These range from convivial celebrations like ‘The Old Place’ and ‘Alone in the Dark’ to the radical politics of ‘A Line of Moore’ and ‘Word to the Wise’, besides a short series — ‘Quarantine’, ‘A Fox in Grafton St.’ — prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic. His many admirers will be pleased to find the well-known verve and stylistic vigour in this new collection, at the printers at the time of his sudden death.
The Limit of Light – Grace Wilentz
‘Picture the world without you in it’ — the opening line of Grace Wilentz’s engaging first collection illustrates the imaginative range of her poetry. The book is a record of experience, a widely lived life. There are poems set in her native New York City, in the Everglades, in Morocco, in the Anasazi villages of the American West and in her adopted country, Ireland.
There are poems in the voice of her mother undergoing treatment for cancer and others that explore her Jewish heritage. Her succinctness of thought and her epiphanies are evident in ‘In this desert landscape / there is little enough to measure yourself by’ and ‘children are always / at the mercy / of the deal’. In her style and subject matter Grace Wilentz broadens the reach of recent Irish poetry.