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Looking for Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage Paperback – February 17, 2017
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"In one of the poems in her luminous new collection, Laura Bentley advises the reader to find a forked branch and let it lead 'to places you've never been.' That is just what these brief, compelling poems do: They reveal fresh landscapes of thought and feeling. In our rushed and muddled world, Bentley's meditative poems are like breathing spaces---elegant, clarifying, assured." - Julia Keller, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sorrow Road
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"You are holding in your hand a thing of beauty. Here, indeed, Laura Treacy Bentley makes 'words flicker like flame.' The imagery of the poems is married to stunning photographs forming a perfect balance. You will be taken seamlessly on a visual and poetic journey from Appalachia to Ireland, 'to the fuchsia that bleeds on Inish Mor' and 'Blackbirds seed the summer clouds' and back again. This is a work of art that achieves what the poet/photographer strives for, 'to capture wild beauty before it takes flight.'" - Tony O'Dwyer, co-editor of Crannog magazine (Galway, Ireland)
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Top Customer Reviews
I particularly loved her poem, Went Missing:
Inisheer floats like vapor,
seaside lights are sequined far below.
Silence steals from horizon to dark horizon.
Although the photos are not necessarily paired with the poems and can stand alone, as can the poetry, the image associated with Went Missing of a person’s shadow falling on a dirt track, leading towards the sea fascinated me. The shadow reminded me of someone walking on stilts, taller than in real life, stretching towards the distant sea, yearning for depths of silence.
A very beautiful little book to be enjoyed over and over again. A meditation. It would make a lovely gift.