Going Around with Bachelors

By (author): Agnes Walsh

The spirit of the departed &#151 source, origin, heritage, history &#151 is the essence of this book, rich with the tang of Newfoundland speech.

Agnes Walsh’s first book, In the Old Country of My Heart, is one of the most read and best loved books of poetry to come out of Newfoundland. Going Around with Bachelors and Other Poems continues and extends Walsh’s distinctive subject matter: the past in the present, Ireland and Portugal in Newfoundland, weather internal and external, the Cape Shore. Here are poems of place and of people in place, of family both immediate and extended, with heritage deep and rich. They are also absolutely contemporary poems by a poet, gifted with a remarkably flexible and distinctive voice, who is planted, in her own words, “straight up and down into what’s new.” Included with the book is a CD of readings by Agnes Walsh.

AUTHOR

Agnes Walsh

Born and brought up in Placentia, Newfoundland, Agnes Walsh studied folklore in Georgia (USA), before returning home and taking to writing plays, poetry and fiction founded in her love of her ancestral place. She divides her time between St. John’s and Patrick’s Cove around the Cape Shore from Placentia. In 2006 she was named the inaugural St. John’s Poet Laureate.


Reviews

“Storytelling is boiled down to a lively, vernacular essence, and often spiked with dry wit … lyrical touches [are] all the more effective for being used sparingly.”–Barbara Carey, The Toronto Star

Going Around with Bachelors is soft-spoken, affecting, empathetic storytelling from Newfoundland … she can epigrammatically distill a complex relationship into a few lines.”–Fraser Sutherland, The Globe and Mail

” … You enter some of these poems as if cracking a side door and walking into the middle of a kitchen conversation … pure, oral and aural delight.”–George Elliott Clarke, Halifax Chronicle-Herald


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The spirit of the departed &#151 source, origin, heritage, history &#151 is the essence of this book, rich with the tang of Newfoundland speech.

Agnes Walsh’s first book, In the Old Country of My Heart, is one of the most read and best loved books of poetry to come out of Newfoundland. Going Around with Bachelors and Other Poems continues and extends Walsh’s distinctive subject matter: the past in the present, Ireland and Portugal in Newfoundland, weather internal and external, the Cape Shore. Here are poems of place and of people in place, of family both immediate and extended, with heritage deep and rich. They are also absolutely contemporary poems by a poet, gifted with a remarkably flexible and distinctive voice, who is planted, in her own words, “straight up and down into what’s new.” Included with the book is a CD of readings by Agnes Walsh.

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Dimensions:

80 Pages
8.75in * 5.5in * 0.25in
0.125lb

Published:

February 23, 2007

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Brick Books

ISBN:

9781894078566

Book Subjects:

POETRY / Canadian

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Language:

eng

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