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An Experience on the Tongue

ISBN: 978-1-907682-67-4 | Pages: 88 | Published: 2019

An Experience on the Tongue bristles with vivid imagery and candid voices. Various threads weave throughout as we are deftly lead through changing landscapes by a diverse cast of characters — linesmen, archaeologists, farmers and Marie Tussaud. We take time to pause and reflect on a life lived by a distillery worker whilst also following the plight of illegal immigrants. As these poems explore transitions in history, language and national identity. They take us on a journey from Tyrone to China, from revolutionary France back to present day Lough Neagh. The natural world is subtly evoked as wolves, horses and herons offer us fresh insights, showing us the familiar in a new light, all these poems leaving us entertained, moved and enlightened.

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