Susan Connolly - Bridge of the Ford


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Susan Connolly - Bridge of the Ford

Published June 2016. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5 x 8.5ins.
ISBN 978-1-84861-465-9. [Downlaod a sample PDF from this volume here.]

“This is a love letter to the poet’s home territory: the Boyne Valley, its fabled and blooded river, the port of Drogheda and the mouth of the Boyne at Mornington and Baltray. Susan Connolly is a true original and like all true originals is intensely concerned with sources. These poems reach back to Kells, to Durrow, to Lindisfarne, to the holy books of those places, for the ground of their being. On the page, they negotiate visual spaces that can comfortably fit and ritualize the neolithic, contemporary hostage crises, Alexander Calder, the whammy pedal of a guitar. Symmetrical patternings that recall Persian carpets, traditional embroideries, and intricate folk handwork sit beside witty visual and verbal puns that recall ’60s and ’70s concrete poetry. Not the least of its many charms are the glimpses in this book of a fugitive Irish lyric poet flitting through the pages.” —Paula Meehan 

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