“What an astonishing feel for language, physical fact and ramifying thought these poems show. Nothing seems lost on Ciaran Berry’s quick eye, nor too rich or subtle for his quickening tongue. He generates image after striking image in a language of peculiar immediacy—thoughtful, sensuous, and with a remarkable confidence of rhythmic control. Sliding between the everyday world of simple action and the deeper layers of imaginative attention, the richly packed poems of The Sphere of Birds signal a debut not just of young promise but of mature achievement.”—Eamon Grennan, author of The Quick of It
“The Sphere of Birds is a book of excruciating beauty, expanding and contracting in an ever-widening circle from the personal to the historical, expositional to spiritual, blindness to vision.”
—Cathy Song, author of Cloud Moving Hands
About the Author
Ciaran Berry teaches in the Expository Writing Program at New York University, where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree and was awarded a New York Times fellowship. His work has appeared in AGNI, The Threepenny Review, Green Mountains Review, The Missouri Review, and Notre Dame Review. He is from the northwest of Ireland.