Friday, September 26, 2008

Salmon Poetry launches books by Gerald Dawe & Michael Heffernan

Salmon Poetry in association with Over The Edge invites you to the Galway launch of Catching the Light: Views & Interviews by Gerald Dawe and The Odor of Sanctity by Michael Heffernan

Venue: The City Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway

Date/Time: Saturday September 27th, 2pm

About "Catching the Light: Views & Interviews" by Gerald Dawe
This fascinating series of literary views and interviews illuminate the coming of age of Belfast-born poet Gerald Dawe during the fifties and sixties in Northern Ireland, the literary and political worlds he discovered on moving to Galway in the early seventies, and his travels since, in Europe and other parts of the world, shadowed by the violent closing decade of the twentieth century and the beginning of the new century.

“One of the wonderful things about Gerald Dawe’s work, both as a poet and as a critic, is that there’s a sense in everything he writes of a kind of precision, care and attention to detail which manages to be both extraordinarily honest, and extraordinarily precise in its relation to whatever object he’s writing about—whether he’s evoking it as a poet or whether he’s describing it as a critic—what you find continually is that quality of engagement which is the same quality you find in the poet. It’s the quality of openness to the world.” Fintan O’Toole
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About "The Odor of Sanctity" by Michael Heffernan
Michael Heffernan was born in 1942 in Detroit, and grew up there, in a multi-ethnic working-class neighborhood, eight blocks from the Detroit River and Canada. He often dreams of border crossings. He has frequently traveled abroad, from Ireland to the Dodecanese during the 60s, to the Great Wall approaching Inner Mongolia in 2002. He began writing poems in 1958. His poems contain narratives, characters, masks, and free imaginations, expressing themselves in new dance-steps on the ground trod by the iamb. These acts of language, of words only, offered a new knowledge of reality, along with a vision of freedom and a kind of worldly holiness.

"Michael Heffernan has sustained and amplified a poetry of real intelligence, technical precision, and acoustic splendour. He is a writer who has hit his stride, sure-footed in his craft enough to let imagination run and leap and dance.” Thomas Lynch
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For further information, please contact Jessie or Siobhán at 065-7081941 or email

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