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By Dermot Healy

Dermot Healy's fourth assortment offers itself as a book-length poem that charts the once a year migrations of hundreds of thousands of barnacle ducks among their breeding grounds in Greenland and their iciness quarters on an island beside his domestic. part titles recommend stations on their course: The Leavings', The Arrowhead' and The Wild Goose Chase'. From renewed pleasure as they arrive — from gaggle to skein — in appealing stitches / alongside a thread' the book's formal development screens a brand new ability because it displays and documents the tale of 2 houses' and the shapes and sounds in their marvellous workouts. yet A Fool's Errand is usually a learn of destiny. Framed through the funerals of acquaintances, the poem yields grave classes via attribute epiphanies, scintillating poetry, and the tune performed by way of the orchestra of memory'.

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