The Lonesome Road: Collected And New Poems, 1984-2014

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  • “really wonderful . . . enviably wide-ranging. The whole thing is terrific: witty, serious and various. . . . a major achievement.” —Bernard O'Donoghue
  • “The Lonesome Road is a great achievement, a glorious act of insight and love. A splendid book of poems.” —Brendan Kennelly
  • “There’s a great élan and dúchas in these sonnets . . . and [I] took pleasure in the energy of the poems.” —Seamus Heaney
  • “Wonderful . . . Every poem in it is a success, every other one a triumph.” —Les Murray
  • “one of Ireland’s leading poets” —Books Ireland

Meet The Author

Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born in 1952, in Moyvane, County Kerry where he still lives. For over thirty years he taught in the local primary school, from which he retired as principal in 2007. He is the author of more than fifty books, including collections of poetry in both English and Irish, as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from Irish into English and has edited a number of poetry anthologies in both languages. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on education and the arts.

“My sheaf of poems took all my life to write.” Whittled down by “time and the road”, this fantastic collection celebrates both the local and the universal. 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.

His career as a primary school teacher and principal is at the forefront to many of his observations as he reflects on the world of education and childhood, and indeed a child’s youthful perspective. Deeper personal reflections are conveyed as Gabriel expounds on the town he grew up in. Local characters, events and traditions are documented and his admiration for his native town is evident in his words.

The poet clearly holds the role of the family in high regard and writes on becoming a father and, in turn, a grandfather for the first time. Sincere, honest reflections are immortalised in many of his poems, juxtaposed by lighter, more humorous works. Gabriel’s voice is notable in its sustained clarity and emotional depth, offering up a celebration of experience that make up one’s life.

Weight 0.351 kg