ISBN: 1 903392 04 7
Page Count: 52
Publication Date: Thursday, June 01, 2000
About this Book
Sandgames was the winning collection in the Listowel Writers' Week Poetry Prize 1999. It is Michéle Vassal's first collection in which she explores the duality of exile through the fading negatives of memory, exposing them to a light of sexual and religious metaphor. With an artist's sense of contrast and perspective, she chronicles a sensual and cruel reality where displacement and belonging coalesce into an intricate but singular vision.
In the late seventies, Michéle Vassal left her hometown of Barcelonnette, in the Alpes de Haute-Provence and moved to Dublin. She is now living and writing in France Though French is her first language, she prefers writing in English. Her poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies in Ireland and in the U.S. She received first prize at the 1999 Listowel Writers' Week for this collection of poetry.
Read a sample from this book
The Artist Paints The Immaculate Conception
for John.W. Sexton
the wrecked ark of a bird's ribcage
heaves in the wake of the breeze.
Out of the depth of its hull
in a troubled procession
the magenta covenant
of a dead cinnabar moth.
A finch on a rush
and for a while
(Copyright Michele Vassal 2000)