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The Blind Stitch
Categories: 21st Century, Irish
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (140 pages)
(Pub. Mar 2001)
I thought the minnow was merely a turquoise flick
but after shadowing it in
and out of coral
I saw that the greater body
of the creature below the dorsal fin
is all but
invisible most of the time, camouflaged,
flickering in & out of daily life. Look, see
'The Nuptial Fish'
The poems in The Blind Stitch interweave family, marriage, love and friendship into a larger world of public life. Set in Delanty's native Cork, and in America and India, the book is sewn together with two main conceits. One is that of the leper, which concerns personal and public suffering and complicity; the other is that of needlework, threads that run through our public and private lives, seen and unseen, stitching us all together.
'The Blind Stitch is a tour de force.'
The Irish Examiner
Praise for Greg Delanty 'A true poet'
Christopher Ricks, The Guardian
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