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Seanachie: A Boston Irish Storyteller and Part-Time Shaman

Books about place, magic, Faeries, Ireland, sex, God, and love

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New Orleans as It Was
Charles "Pie" Dufour, Henry C. Castellanos
New Orleans after the Civil War
Justin A. Nystrom
Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland (complete: First & Second Series)
Isabella Augusta Persse (Lady Gregory)
Bright Dead Things: Poems
Ada Limon
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Mark Manson
Desire: Poems
Frank Bidart
Selected Poems 1976-2012
Jorie Graham
An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry
Wes Davis (Editor)
I Am An Executioner: Love Stories
Rajesh Parameswaran
An Artist of the Floating World
Kazuo Ishiguro

Matter of Fact: Poems

Matter of Fact: Poems - Eamon Grennan This was a feast of apt words and compound nouns-adjectives-verbs derived mainly from rural imagery mixed between the US and the West of Ireland, but every once in a while Grennan selects, say, a jet or a laborer working at precarious height in an urban setting, and his eye is equally facile and his tongue as adept as with the more familiar bucolic settings. Grennan even attempts to capture some shades of 9-11 in here; they are devastated poems; one can almost see him know the project is doomed to failure before he writes, but he must write nonetheless. Still, he is at his best in careful observation, such as the poem in which he describes a heron with its "spindleshins" stuck deep in mud.