Book Launch: Faye Boland

Book Launch: Peripheral by Faye Boland
– poetry with a power to connect –
Peripheral by Faye Boland is the author’s debut collection of poems to be formally launched at Tralee Library in Co. Kerry on Saturday, 22 September, starting 2.30pm.
Peripheral by Faye Boland
Faye Boland’s poetry has been described as “a happy combination of musical lyricism and intellectual subtlety” by well-known Irish poet and novelist, Brendan Kennelly.
The poem from which this collection takes its title was Overall Winner at the 2017 Hanna Greally International Literary Awards, organised as part of the annual SiarScéal Festival in Co. Roscommon. It is also from this that the present volume results, as the prize, on this occasion, was for the winner to have his or her book published professionally by The Manuscript Publisher, an Irish-based publishing services provider.
In her citation of Boland’s winning entry, the adjudicator at the awards, Mary Melvin Geoghegan, drew attention to the author’s “economy and freshness of language”, which she describes as “riveting – words forming as scaffold to arrest the eye and ear” –
My roof is the sky,
the wind my walls.
Every night it blows
the same words:
Homeless.
Homeless.
Poet, Eileen Sheehan describes Boland’s poetry (“recounted from an eclectic range of perspectives”) as charting “a restless search for home, for purpose in an era when people feel increasingly disconnected from their own sense of worth.”
So, where does one find that sense of self-worth? Our ability to connect is one place to start looking or so this collection of poetry might appear to suggest: the ability to receive and to acknowledge human distress signals, rather than trying to shut them out. Also, from the pleasure to be found in the mundane, reminding us that we are all somehow connected, no matter how dispersed and disparate our lives become.
Peripheral by Faye Boland is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is on sale now and available to buy online, as well as from other outlets. RRP €12 plus P&P.
The book will be formally launched at Tralee Library, Co. Kerry on Saturday, 22 September, starting 2.30pm.
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A found poem, after Sonnet 71

Shakespeare’s deep thoughts
of life death mourning
longing and homosexual love
the surly sullen bell
as vile as the world is wise
of vilest worms as penises
and v’s as vaginas
‘tis the uncertainty of
hell and the afterlife
and of life without that boy
that breaks my heart.

-Iva Yates

Iva Yates teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Limerick. She composed this poem based on her experiences teaching & discussing Shakespeare’s sonnets