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The Fire Step
     

The Fire Step

by Tom French
 
Even now, as we rise to check on the children where they sleep within earshot of the river, two midwives are rising in darkness to dress for all weathers . . . Eight years after the appearance of Tom French's award-winning first collection The Fire Step confirms the promise and achievement of his debut. His gift for creating stunning elegiac moments — and the

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Even now, as we rise to check on the children where they sleep within earshot of the river, two midwives are rising in darkness to dress for all weathers . . . Eight years after the appearance of Tom French's award-winning first collection The Fire Step confirms the promise and achievement of his debut. His gift for creating stunning elegiac moments — and the overall effect of measured and often beautiful responses to the inevitable' (Nua) extends to a number of poems which celebrate his children in subtle and artful tones and rhythms. Other poems attend to everyday facts of ordinary lives — a family moving house, attending a midday recital, the consequences of a wet summer, and a rail commuter's journey home. As he traces his bloodlines he embraces various generations, while the book encompasses also a race meet on a strand at low tide, a eulogy on the demise of a letterpress printing works, and the rich imaginings of its longer poems. The Fire Step is a book of requiems and salutations. From already auspicious beginnings Tom French arrives at an impressively accomplished, emotionally charged second stage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781852355791
Publisher:
Gallery Press, The, Ireland
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
File size:
336 KB

Meet the Author

Tom French was born in Kilkenny in 1966. He now lives with his family close to the coast of County Meath where he earns his living in the County library service. He received bursaries in literature from The Arts Council, Ireland, in 1999 and 2009. His first collection Touching the Bones (Gallery Press, 2001) was awarded the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2002.

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