The Stone Jug – Frank McGuinness

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. . . to hell with hell.
Hell is the heart breaking.
— ‘Leaves’

The Stone Jug is the third collection of poems by Frank McGuinness. The first of its three parts is a series of evocations of his native Buncrana in County Donegal, ‘my home town, my hard town’; another is rooted in the styles and subjects of Old English poetry.

The centrepiece of the collection is ‘Gyrfalcon’, a sequence of sixty sonnets whose ecstatic energies embrace affairs, recriminations and a set of ghostings by the dead. ‘I believe only in what’s rough, red and raw’, he writes a claim this edgy, ferocious, passionate work supports.

Year Published: 2003
Details: 104pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 352 0
ISBN HBK: 978 1 85235 353 7

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