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Presence of Mind

Authors: Dolores Stewart

Published by Dedalus Press

ISBN: 9781904556404

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Of her new collection, Dolores Stewart writes: "The poems in Presence of Mind explore aspects of consciousness in the light of modern philosophy and engage with the early Greek concept of aletheia, i.e. that which emerges into presence, mediated through the Heideggerean notion of language as the house of being, as that which 'lets things be'. Thus, language is used in this collection not to attempt answers, or even to clarify questions, but rather to clear a space by way of poetic thinking."

"Dolores Stewart's Presence of Mind exhibits a sensibility profoundly shaped by the Western canon. Spencer and Wittgenstein, Plato and Dante, Trakl, Max Beckman and Rembrandt, are among the book's real presences. Stewart is a poet without pretension, however... Beautifully exact, these poems wear their undoubted intelligence lightly. This is a book of real substance, which deserves to be widely-read."
The Irish Times

Dolores Stewart is a bilingual poet from the west of Ireland. Her first collection with the Dedalus Press, In Out of the Rain, was published in 1999, and since then she has published two collections of poems in Irish with Coiscéim, Sé Sin Le Rá (2001) and An Cosán Dearg (2003). Presence of Mind is her latest collection published in English.
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