E10.00 Paperback: 122 pages Publisher: Seven Towers Agency (30 May 2010) Language English ISBN-10: 0956203361 ISBN-13: 978-0956203366
Dealing with the truly great issues with wit and empathy, and carrying his
considerable erudition and knowledge of prosody lightly, Eamonn Lynskey, in this his
second book gives us poems on subjects as varied as political
disillusionment to the burning question: is it possible to be dignified on a
bicycle in the rain? A must - have for all lovers of poetry.
Our Original Launch Invitation
“There are about 75 poems in this collection, which is divided into five parts. Part I has poems mostly of memory, including memories of childhood, its sights and sounds and smells. Part II has poems about war, politics, violence. Part III has poems about poetry and poets and often the pretentiousness of poets. Part IV is about 'liturgies and broken monologues, a sigh, a sob.' Part IV has images of delight, affirmation, healing and resurrection: 'and suddenly the sun again.'
These poems are set in Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Japan, China, Argentina and elsewhere. Some are lyrical, some sardonic, some very funny. There is much compassion and there is great skill. A good few of the poems were first published in THE SHOP, but many are new to me. The book as a whole gives me great pleasure.
As a bonus, there are numerous illustrations, ranging from family photographs to one of the Museum of Occupation in Riga, Latvia, and a map of Dublin. “
John Wakeman The SHOp poetry Magazine
Eamonn Lynskey was born in Dublin in 1948. Now retired, he has worked as an accounts/sales clerk, as teacher, and as a director of Adult Education. His poetry has been published widely since its first appearance in the 1980s in the Irish Press 'New Irish Writing' page edited by David Marcus. His first collection ('Dispatches & Recollections') was published by Lapwing (Belfast) in 1998 and he was nominated for a Hennessy / Sunday Tribune award in 2006. A poem of his (in this collection: 'Is It Possible to be Elegant on a Bicycle in Traffic in the Rain') appeared in the 2009 Oxfam calander. He has performed his poetry widely and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Open Mic in Dublin, London and elsewhere. This is his second collection.
Karl Parkinson is well known and highly regarded performance poet from Dublin, renowned for his performances at events and festivals, including the Electric Picnic Festival. His work has been published in Census, The second Seven Towers Anthology. In 2009 Karl won Most Entertaining Act Award for Ireland at the Balcony TV 2009 International Awards.
Karl Parkinsons speech launching E Lynskey's 'And Suddenly the Sun Again' HERE Read Niam Bagnells Launch Speech at Lucan Library Jan 9 2010 HERE