What Our Shoes Say About Us
Published by Salmon Poetry
Gerard Hanberry’s fourth collection balances out the greed and violence of the world, and the inevitability of death, with the tenderness to be found in a loving relationship.
In the title poem, the discovery of the world’s oldest shoe is set against the backdrop of a prisoner’s execution in Utah, highlighting the fact that ‘not a lot has changed in five millennia’. It is just one of many lyrical reflections on life, on love, on loss – sometimes wry, always with a smile or loving gesture in an otherwise brittle world.
Gerard Hanberry’s most recent collection is At Grattan Road (Salmon Poetry, 2009; ISBN 9781907056062). His work has been featured on RTE Radio and Newstalk. He is also the author of More Lives than One (Collins, 2011; ISBN 9781848891203), a biography of seven generations of Oscar Wilde’s family. He was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award in 2000, and won the Brendan Kennelly Poetry Award in 2004. He lives in Galway.