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Drifting Under the Moon

Drifting Under the Moon

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Ger Reidy’s first collection of poems, Pictures from a Reservation, appeared in 1998, and received widespread praise for its compelling voice and authentic evocation of the west of Ireland. Just over a decade later, Drifting Under the Moon will considerably advance his reputation, the new poems revealing an increased awareness of craft, a broadening and deepening of his vision.

“Ger Reidy’s poetry is inspired by the untamed landscape of Mayo, his lyrics are peppered with hard-hitting musings on the perennial problems that have bedevilled life on the fringe.”
The Irish Times

“Ger Reidy’s use of language has a quiet, unassuming simplicity which belies the power of his imagery and the eloquence of his words.”
Arts West

“There is a quietness, a poetic reserve, at the heart of this book that draws you slowly but assuredly into a world of gentle asides... The images are fresh and the emotions uncompromisingly honest. Buy the book. It’s a wise move.”
Dermot Healy, Cyphers

Gerard Reidy was born near Westport in Co. Mayo in 1958, qualified as a Civil Engineer in 1979 and started writing poetry in 1980. He has also been the recipient of a number of bursaries and residencies including Mayo County Council Heinrich Boll House, The Tyrone Guterie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, an Arts Council Bursary in 2002 and an international bursary at Can Serrat in Catalonia. In 1998 Dedalus published his first collection, Pictures from a Reservation.