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Bliain an Bhandé / Year of the Goddess

Published by Dedalus Press

ISBN: 9781904556664

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"In these poems by an Irish bhakta, the ancient connection is being restored, from our side, and that delights me."
John Moriarty

Gabriel Rosenstock is among the major figures in Irish language writing, and the author or editor of over 100 collections of poetry and translations. Throughout his work he has consistently explored themes of spirituality through his witty, formally-adventurous verse. In his new collection of poems, written in Irish and translated by the author himself, he draws on the Indian devotional tradition known as bhakti in order to explore the nature and significance of the goddess, making a bridge between eastern and western approaches, and resulting in a spiritual and, typically, spirited collection of poems that should have a wide appeal for both Irish language and English language readers alike.

"From his cheeky first collection in 1973 to the mystic self-mocking Krishnamurphy Ambaist!, Rosenstock has demonstrated again and again that, for an Irishman, the Irish language is the quickest route out of a self-obsessed Ireland to a cosmopolitanism beyond Anglo-Irish navel-gazing."
Pádraig de Paor, Poetry International
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