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Sorrow's Egg

Authors: Katherine Duffy

Published by Dedalus Press

ISBN: 9781906614409

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Just over a dozen years since her much-praised debut The Erratic Behaviour of Tides, Katherine Duffy’s follow-up, Sorrow’s Egg, shows an increased maturity of voice, in the face of the twin subjects of loss and grief, and the intimations of mortality which accompany them.

Inventive in form and agile in movement, Sorrow’s Egg is also very much a celebration of the way in which artistic endeavour negotiates the abyss. The collection includes poems inspired by the focus of a traditional piper at play (“all that is not music / elbowed / out of the way of the tune”) as well as the title poem, which, against a background of daily routine, senses “Somewhere in all of this / sorrow’s egg is / tucked away. Somewhere, / warming.”

Katherine Duffy was born in Dundalk in 1962. Her first poetry collection, The Erratic Behaviour of Tides, was published by Dedalus Press in 1998, and poems from that collection have since appeared in various anthologies. She also writes fiction and in 2006 received the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year award. Her fiction in Irish has won many awards and she has translated stories by leading Irish language authors into English. She lives in Dublin where she works as a translator in the Houses of the Oireachtas.
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