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Eye of the Hare

John F. Deane

Eye of the Hare by John F. Deane
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ISBN: 978 1 847778 34 5
Categories: 21st Century, Catholic, Irish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: August 2010
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (EPUB), eBook (PDF)
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  • I stood awhile
    between land and ocean and found

    a small stone polished sheer by sea-breaking;
    cold-white as a winter moon
    it dried quickly into dullness. I kept it,

    touching at times on a small heart of creation
    the way perhaps a poem
    can hold all of our story within its core.

                                  from ‘World, Flesh and Devil’ 
    Eye of the Hare affirms a spirituality for healing a shattered world. In a richly textured collection, layered with Biblical echoes and the music of the Psalms, John F. Deane explores the possibilities of poetry to redress the failures of care towards the planet and the needs of society. Deane revives the language of sacrament and celebration with raw and tender grace; in sonnets, narratives and lyrics Eye of the Hare advances towards redemption. In the book’s final section, Deane honours the places and landscapes of Achill, that beautiful, demanding island off the west coast of Ireland.

    Cover Painting Tony O’ Malley, Highbourne Cay – Exumas, Bahamas (Tony, Jane, Chris and Jenny Harris, Karen and Timmy Wrinkle), 1986, acrylic on canvas. Reproduced by kind permission of Jane O’Malley.

    No other contemporary Irish poet, and few Irish writers, have mastered the art of eloquent, impassioned expression as artistic statement as beautifully as John F. Deane. This is a major European writer of conscience... In gravitas, sophistication and magisterial urgency of intent, Deane looks to Kinsella and beyond him to Yeats. Irish Times

    I read and re-read the music of John F. Deane: a fine poet for our lives’ divided seasons. Alison Brackenbury, Poetry Review 
    Travelling Man
    Public House
    Shelf Life
    The Marble Rail
    The Tombs
    On the Edge
    Still Life
    Eye of the Hare
    The Disappointed
    Who Have Gone Before
    Song of the Suffering Servant
    Chewing on Stones
    Lives of the Minor Poets

    Edge of the Known World
    The Colours
    The Colliers
    The Colliery
    Words of the Unknown Soldier
    Down to the Shore
    The Garden, Waiting
    The Hare
    Birds, Beasts and Buttercups
    World, Flesh and Devil

    Between Worlds
    Mayo Theology
    The Great Skellig
    Weeds and Wilderness
    Well-Tempered Clavier
    Ever This Night
    Midsummer Poem
    Mimizan Plage
    Body Parts
    In the Dark Wood
    Sketch for the Statue of a Slave
    Body Parts
    The Caves

    Achill: The Island
    Gob an Choire: The Sound
    The Major
    Sraheens: na Sraithníní: Small Holms
    Derreens: Small Woods
    Cloghmore: Big Stone
    Bunafahy: Lower Grassland
    The Monastery
    Purteen Harbour
    Trawmore: Big Strand
    An Caol: Keel
    Slievemore: Big Mountain
    The Heinrich Böll Cottage
    John F. Deane was born on Achill Island in 1943. He founded Poetry Ireland – the National Poetry Society – and The Poetry Ireland Review in 1978, and is the founder of The Dedalus Press, of which he was editor from 1985 until 2006. In 2008 he was visiting scholar in ... read more
    Awards won by John F. Deane Short-listed, 2016 Irish Times Poetry Now Award  (Semibreve) Winner, 2011 Golden Key of Smederevo award

    Praise for John F. Deane 'Deane finds the embedded music of particular moments - the inscape of them - and understands their cosmic vitality... [he] draws us into deeper listening and invites us into sacred, transcendent encounter.'

    Michael P. Murphy, Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry 2019

    'John Deane invites all human beings, or pilgrims, whether Christian or not, to partake in his revelatory, redemptive collection... a true cosmic poetry for all of us, in all time.'

    Patricia McCarthy, Agenda: Ekphrastic Issue

    'Master-sonneteer, the Teilhard de Chardin of Irish poetry, Achill chronicler and gazer at the heavens, John F. Deane has created a real beauty of a collection in Dear Pilgrims.'

    Thomas McCarthy, Poetry Ireland Review  

      'These are words of a poet who lives history, who breathes at one with the world around him. Deane reminds the reader that we live only for a short while on this rock in space but that that time is precious and profound. We are all dear pilgrims - whether we realise it or not.'
    Dublin Review of Books
     'These poems are rich, evocative, replete with natural imagery, searching to know and express the unknowable.'
    Niamh Pattwell, The Furrow
    'Deane's work has always been distinguished by the wholeness of it's vision, and the poems of Dear Pilgrims are no exception: the joy and compassion of his responses to the natural world are of a piece with his spiritual preoccupations, and gesture towards his poetic forebears, in particular Hopkins and Kavanagh.'
    Caitriona O'Reilly, The Irish Times
      'Both these collections (Dear Pilgrims & The White Silhouette by James Harpur) give the lie to the idea that it is no longer possible to think and write creatively and freshly about religion in modern poetry: both Deane and Harpur look back for some of their insights, especially biographically, but their poetry remains conspicuously watching, tasting and touching today's world.'
    Stride Magazine

      'There is light and muscularity in these poems that sometimes unexpectedly recalls Ted Hughes'
    Stride Magazine
    'On a simple level, the poems in John F Deane's Semibreve (Carcanet) are elegies for the past and specifically for a lost brother. More profoundly, they teach us how bereavement, touched by a poet's tongue, can become a shared gift: "wonders of the flesh and spirit, a road-map for a shattered faith"'.
    The Guardian
      'Music, a stony, damp and deeply alive landscape (both Ireland and the Holy Land), a passionate and searching engagement with God -  specifically with the local and physical God that is the central figure of the gospels - these are poems with all of John Deane's familiar richness. A deeply welcome collection.'
    Rowan Williams
    'Deane is a true poet. I have not space here to do him justice'
    Helena Nelson, Ambit
    'Deane is an exemplary poet.'
    Gerard Smyth, Warwick Review
    'The power of Toccata and Fugue lies in its beautiful rendering of unbeautiful things. Deane takes as his subjects what might ordinarily make one turn away: road kill, snared vermin, kittens in a sack weighed with stones for drowning, a seal washed ashore to die, lambs taken for slaughter, worms hooked for fishing and snails tortured by a child. Yet there is nothing pathological about it. Compassion not cruelty motivates the speakers in his poems whose unwavering gaze attests to their engagement with these subjects.'
    Georgia Scott, Poetry Salzburg Review Autumn 2002
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