John Griffin, Erosions
Erosions is John A. Griffin’s first full-length book of poems. Written shortly after he emigrated to the United States, the poems comprise a kind of Bildungsroman exploring themes of boyhood innocence, fantasy, landscapes, nature, death, loss, absence, exile, and a coming into one’s powers as one seeks to apprehend the changes wrought by time, epiphany, and departure. Absence, lines, natural forces, spirituality, and extinction are all leitmotifs in the book, as these combine to displace a burgeoning identity rather than overtly defining one.
John A. Griffin was born and raised in Tipperary, Ireland, and emigrated to the USA in his early twenties, where he read for his BA, MFA, MA, and PhD, specializing in German Idealist Philosophy as it laid the groundwork for British Romantic Aesthetics, especially the writings of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, whose proposed though unwritten Opus Maximum was the subject of his dissertation. He has published poems & essays in literary journals, and two chapbooks, After Love and Absences - A Sequence. He recently emigrated again, and is now living and working in Saudi Arabia, where he is the Academic Director in a private, international school. Erosions is his first book.