Ways of Falling


Peter Sirr

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Sirr’s maturing continually strikes and his artistry grows apace . . . he strides forward to become, I am sure, one of our outstanding poets.
— Tom Clyde, Fortnight

Journeys and journeying occur constantly in Peter Sirr’s collection though their focus is not always strictly geographical. A sense of dislocation or restlessness sounds in forms which are often those of travel writing — the diary, the notebook, the quickly sketched dispatch — and the poems aim for both the looseness and accuracy of those modes. An extended sequence, ‘Death of a Travel Writer’, with its shifting tones, narrative discontinuities and variable pronouns, is typical of a stimulating and beguiling book.

These are the poems of someone who is essentially an observer — intelligent, perceptive, wary, sometimes, as in ‘The Names of the Houses,’ sharply satiric.

— Poetry Ireland Review

One of the outstanding younger poets writing in the country at present.

— Gerald Dawe, The Irish Times

Peter Sirr’s third and most accomplished book, a packed, rich volume.

— The Cork Examiner

Year Published: 1991
Details: 88pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 073 4

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