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Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

Flight and Earlier Poems

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In Flight and Earlier Poems, the cultural creation and romantic myths surrounding such themes as home, family and landscape are set against the harsh realities of Ireland’s history. They are also burdened by the specific gravity of individual lives. Vona Groarke’s treatment of Ireland’s past and present, the barrenness of certain parts of the country, and the flight from the emptiness of obscure counties, is subtle and evocative: a contentious space of philosophical as well as lyrical resonance. If the once desolate lands and deserted villages of the Irish countryside have sometimes surrendered to a rural idyll, the envy of post-industrial Europe, Groarke examines those places which have not been visited by such a retreat into the pastoral, or else have been transformed in the process.

Note: The clothbound edition has a signature embossed cover and a plain vellum jacket. Signed and unsigned editions are available.


Reviews

“The obvious spirit of exhilaration in which these poems have been created is matched by excitement in the reader at encountering a voice that has come entirely into its own.”
– Sinead Morrissey, Metre

“Groarke’s poems often have an air of simplicity . . . but their grounded, private acuteness, their silent insistence on discovering their own methods, makes them subtler and more complex.”
– Brian Phillips, Poetry

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In Flight and Earlier Poems, the cultural creation and romantic myths surrounding such themes as home, family and landscape are set against the harsh realities of Ireland’s history. They are also burdened by the specific gravity of individual lives. Vona Groarke’s treatment of Ireland’s past and present, the barrenness of certain parts of the country, and the flight from the emptiness of obscure counties, is subtle and evocative: a contentious space of philosophical as well as lyrical resonance. If the once desolate lands and deserted villages of the Irish countryside have sometimes surrendered to a rural idyll, the envy of post-industrial Europe, Groarke examines those places which have not been visited by such a retreat into the pastoral, or else have been transformed in the process.

Note: The clothbound edition has a signature embossed cover and a plain vellum jacket. Signed and unsigned editions are available.


Reviews

“The obvious spirit of exhilaration in which these poems have been created is matched by excitement in the reader at encountering a voice that has come entirely into its own.”
– Sinead Morrissey, Metre

“Groarke’s poems often have an air of simplicity . . . but their grounded, private acuteness, their silent insistence on discovering their own methods, makes them subtler and more complex.”
– Brian Phillips, Poetry

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Publication date:

2004

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