New poetry collection

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

FANS of the pen of Gabriel Fitzmaurice have fresh pickings following the launch of a new collection of poetry spanning almost his entire writing career.

The Lonesome Road: Collected and New Poems 1984–2014 is a hit with readers for good reason as it offers what is, perhaps, the greatest overview of the Moyvane poet's art. Taking in most of his adult writings, the collection is far from what the title suggests. It is positively bustling with characters, the life of the countryside and the raw energy of human interactions across verse that reveals Fitzmaurice in all his mastery of the written word.

"This fantastic collection celebrates both the local and the universal," publishers Liberties Press said. "Gabriel Fitzmaurice gives thoughtful consideration to every facet of life as he has known it; from religion to sport, music to politics, love to community and family – all are here. Local characters, events and traditions are documented and his admiration for his native town is evident in his words."

Like all great art, the poems are nothing less than fresh with a timeless quality that will no doubt ensure their survival.

Kerryman

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