Pearse Hutchinson’s poems have long been recognized as unique, for their lively, learned, humane framing of experience, and for their urgent and communicative language. They are redolent of his personality: of a life lived wide awake and in many places, of a mind adventurous and well equipped that engaged, above all, with the truth of things as they happen.
— Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
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Pearse Hutchinson was born in Glasgow in 1927 of Irish parents and moved to Dublin in 1932. He published two collections of poems in Irish, Faoistin Bhacach and Le Cead na Gréine. Dolmen Press published his first two collections in English, Tongue without Hands and Expansions (1969).