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By Paula Meehan

Geomantic

Comprising eighty-one poems of nine 9-syllable lines, Paula Meehan’s extraordinary new collection is both a controlled experiment with the challenge of form and, at once, a free meditation on the nature of memory, community, love and poetry itself. The linked but not strictly sequential poems act like tarot cards or i ching hexagrams, providing moments of clarity and insight during “the long night’s journey into day”. “The craft,” as one poem  observes of a glider riding a thermal,“is lighter than the learning”. In that sense Geomantic is a significant new departure and a major achievement.

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geomantic, a. and n.

(dʒiːəʊˈmæntɪk)

A. adj. Belonging to geomancy – (Greek: γεωμαντεία, “earth divination”) – a method of divination that interprets markings on the ground or the patterns formed by tossed handfuls of soil, rocks, or sand.

B. n. A geomancer. Obs.

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Comprising eighty-one poems of nine 9-syllable lines, Paula Meehan’s extraordinary new collection is both a controlled experiment with the challenge of form and, at once, a free meditation on the nature of memory, community, love and poetry itself. The linked but not strictly sequential poems act like tarot cards or i ching hexagrams, providing moments of clarity and insight during “the long night’s journey into day”. “The craft,” as one poem  observes of a glider riding a thermal,“is lighter than the learning”. In that sense Geomantic is a significant new departure and a major achievement.


The Moons

Moons like petals adrift on the stream:
night moon and day moon, moon in eclipse,
slender new moon in the winter sky,
and full harvest moon — a golden ball;
moon of my first breath, my mother’s death,
grandfather moon, my father’s frail boat,
moon of my lost child, my sister’s fall,
moon of my belovèd’s waking dream,
moons of my life adrift on the stream.

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  • ISBN: : 9781910251157 PB / 9781910251164 HB
  • Size: : 140 x 215 mm
  • Pages: : 100
  • Published: : November 2016

About The Author

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Paula Meehan was born in 1955 in Dublin where she still lives. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and at Eastern Washington University in the U.S. She has received many awards, including the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, The Butler Literary Award for Poetry, the Denis Devlin Memorial Award and the PPI Award for Radio Drama. She has published six collections of poetry, the most recent being Geomantic (Dedalus Press, 2016). A selected volume, entitled Mysteries of the Home, was published in 1996 and reissued by Dedalus in 2013. Her writing for stage includes the plays Mrs Sweeney (1997), Cell (1999), and, for children, Kirkle (1995), The Voyage (1997) and The Wolf of Winter (2003/2004). A collection of her radio plays, Music for Dogs, was published by Dedalus in 2008. Meehan's poetry has been set to music by artists as diverse as the avant-garde composer John Wolf Brennan and the folk singer Christy Moore. She has collaborated throughout her working life with dancers, visual artists and filmmakers. A member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of writers and artists, Paula Meehan is a former Ireland Professor of Poetry.

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