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Moonlight: A Full Moon / Louise C. Callaghan

Moonlight: A Full Moon

By: Louise C. Callaghan

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Here is this marvellous poet of elegies and celebrations, seasons and servants, of boarding school and trundling foreign journeys. Louise C. Callaghan has a keen eye for detail and a poet’s gifted ear.  "Moonlight: A Full Moon" is a book rich in detail, from the Luas epiphany of ‘Winter Solstice’ to the telling memories of ‘The Diplomat’s Daughter’. Callaghan has created a series of narrati...
ISBN 978-1-910669-89-1
Pub Date Thursday, February 24, 2022
Cover Image Voyage, 1994 © Tim Goulding
Page Count 70
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Here is this marvellous poet of elegies and celebrations, seasons and servants, of boarding school and trundling foreign journeys. Louise C. Callaghan has a keen eye for detail and a poet’s gifted ear.  "Moonlight: A Full Moon" is a book rich in detail, from the Luas epiphany of ‘Winter Solstice’ to the telling memories of ‘The Diplomat’s Daughter’. Callaghan has created a series of narratives of life in lockdown during the Covid pandemic, some playful and others dedicated to our lost heroes, Eavan Boland and Derek Mahon. With the deepening grace and poise of her verse-craft, "Moonlight: A Full Moon" is an important new collection of poems. 
Thomas McCarthy 



The lie of the Island, every named
field, every rock and stone
is gathered in the eye of its music:
Mid the uncertainty, our compass-rose. 

Louise C. Callaghan once again evokes here the landscape and the people of Inis Meáin (‘Cartography & Music’). Her writing displays a passion for and a   commitment to the art of poetry which, in shaping, continues to give meaning to the life of this accomplished poet.
Jane Clarke



Whether it be the aerodynamics of a murmuration, the balm and rage of the sea, or the precision of a lyre-maker, Callaghan captures moments of our world with a quiet intensity – making the everyday resonant and clear. This book is a treasure trove of observation and soul sharing. The fact that the poems are accessible, yet profound, makes "Moonlight: A Full Moon" a deeply satisfying read.
Manchán Magan

Louise C. Callaghan

Louise C. Callaghan was born in 1948 and brought up in County Dublin, Ireland. She now lives in Dublin, close to her four children and many grandchildren. Her poetry collections are In the Ninth House (Salmon,2010), The Puzzle-Heart (Salmon, 1999) and Remember The Birds (Salmon, 2005). She compiled and edited Forgotten Light: An Anthology of Memory Poems (A & A Farmar, 2003). Her poetry, which is widely anthologised in Ireland and England, is included in the Field Day Anthology: Vols IV & V.  She completed an M.Litt in Creative Writing at St. Andrews University in Scotland (2007).

Highway to Rome ’64

And our bus sped on towards
the Eternal City.
As we neared its tawdry outskirts

kneeling up on the back seat —
a sight whose beauty
I would never forget.

On a fast, horse-driven cart,
a woman, bare-breasted
feeding her newborn child.

Splendour, on dusty boards,
in the folds of her clothes,
cradled in her arms.

Prayer of her whole body.

Copyright © Louise C. Callaghan, 2022


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