Moonlight: A Full Moon
|Louise C. Callaghan|
Page Count: 70
Publication Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
Cover Artwork: Voyage, 1994 © Tim Goulding
About this Book
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.
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.
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.
Louise C. Callaghan was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1948. She is the author of The Puzzle-Heart (1999); Remember the Birds (2005); In the Ninth House (2011) and Dreampaths of a Runaway in 2017. She is editor of an anthology of poetry called Forgotten Light: Memory Poems (A&A Farmar, 2003). Her poems have been published in journals throughout Ireland and the UK and are included in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Literature, Volumes IV & V, Voices and Poetry of Ireland. (Cork University Press) and Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916 (Penguin Books, 2016). Her work is recorded in the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, UCD. Her play, Find the Lady, which is based on the life of Kate O'Brien, was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre Company (1993). She has taught creative writing in Ireland and the US. and has an M.Litt in poetry from St Andrews, Scotland (2007). Moonlight: A Full Moon is her fifth collection of poems with Salmon Poetry.
Read a sample from this book
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