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October 2008


Patrick Moran

ISBN: 978-1-910669-24-2

Page Count: 60

Publication Date: Friday, October 16, 2015

Cover Artwork: Jessie Lendennie

About this Book

In Bearings, Patrick Moran’s third collection, the poet takes stock of himself and his position in the world. As he says in the opening poem, “Faring,” he is still ‘chugging along,’ measuring his passage ‘through the rear-view mirror.’ Looking back to his roots, he depicts family history, communal lore and local haunts with a tender, grainy authenticity. As always in his work, the past is a pervasive, moulding presence: even the drinkers in “Here” are draining ‘ghostly glasses.’                                                                 

Yet this book is more than an elegy for a bygone time. These poems, in their lyrical, reflective way, embrace the wider world, too: ranging from a village pub to the North Pole, they take in Tipperary roads and African ruts; raise environmental concerns; and reach out to marginalised lives.

Bearings is also alert to the deeper implications of its title. In “Beats,” for instance, love and the artistic impulse are intimately linked; while “Harvesting” assesses the yields from a lifetime’s ‘gush and spillage.’ Indeed, exploring the creative urge – its processes, its potential, its risks – is one of the book’s central themes.  As he comes to terms with his bearings, Moran is determined to make, through words, some sense of his world. Or as he puts it in “Light the Fire”, he aims to ‘sift for glowing coals / in the ashes of the real.’

Author Biography

Patrick Moran was born in Templetuohy, County Tipperary, where he still lives with his wife and family. He is a retired post-primary teacher. He has won the Gerard Manley Hopkins Poetry Prize; he has also been a winner at Listowel Writers’ Week. In 1990, he was shortlisted for the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune Poetry Award. His poem, “Bulbs”, won Poem for The Ploughing at the 2015 Ploughing Championships. His work is featured in anthologies, including the inaugural Forward Book of Poetry (UK), The Stony Thursday Book, as well as The Best of Irish Poetry 2007 and Best Irish Poetry 2010. He is also repre-sented in the recently published Windharp: Poems of Ireland Since 1916. His work has been broadcast on the RTE radio programme, Sunday Miscellany. His previous collections of poetry are The Stubble Fields (Dedalus Press, 2001) and Green (Salmon Poetry, 2008).

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