Time and the Island



Two weeks before his death, at the age of thirty-nine, Seán Dunne presented to The Gallery Press his third collection of poems.

‘I have given up doubt,
That old worn-out coat.
All that’s constant
Is the fact of change:
Pearl of love, grit of pain.’

Time and the Island returns to already visited themes — loneliness, solitude, and the comfort of companionship comprehended in the natural world. There are familiar points of reference, including a number of courageous thinkers (Akhmatova, Lafcadio Hearne and Thomas Merton), and now recognisable delicate touches. In these last poems, Seán Dunne’s style and tones are perfected. They show respect for ‘things in their proper place’ and reveal the achieved wisdom that ‘it all comes down in the end to these’.

Year Published: 1996
Details: 64pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 180 9
ISBN HBK: 978 1 85235 181 6

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