By Dermot Healy

Dermot Healy's fourth assortment provides itself as a book-length poem that charts the once a year migrations of hundreds of thousands of barnacle ducks among their breeding grounds in Greenland and their wintry weather quarters on an island beside his domestic. part titles recommend stations on their path: The Leavings', The Arrowhead' and The Wild Goose Chase'. From renewed pleasure as they arrive — from gaggle to skein — in attractive stitches / alongside a thread' the book's formal development screens a brand new ability because it displays and files the tale of 2 houses' and the shapes and sounds in their marvellous exercises. yet A Fool's Errand can also be a examine of destiny. Framed by means of the funerals of acquaintances, the poem yields grave classes via attribute epiphanies, scintillating poetry, and the tune performed by means of the orchestra of memory'.

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