On Ballycastle Beach

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Medbh McGuckian

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POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATION

This revised edition of Medbh McGuckian’s third collection extends her rhapsodic enquiry into the nature of boundaries and borders. Its odyssey ends where ‘I had forgotten there could be such light’.

‘Desire, not Belfast, is the site of the battle of which she gives an astonishingly colourful, inwardly spinning, dazed and elegiac report.

— Calvin Bedient, Parnassus


‘A different purpose is being served here. The images are there not to elucidate but to detonate and resonate in all their weird energy.’

— Peter Sirr, The Irish Times


The beauty and genius of these poems continually redefine our notions of poetry.

— Molly Bendall, The Antioch Review

Poetry Book Society Recommendation

Year Published: 1995
Details: 64pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 157 1

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