Give Dust a Tongue - A Faith & Poetry Memoir

By John F. Deane

Published by Columba Press - Hardback

A memoir that views the spiritual developments of an internationally acclaimed poet.
The book uses many of Deane's best and best-loved poems to help chart his development and works towards the origins and completion of a sequence of poems that face directly the question Christ asked: Who do you say that I am? Deane's answer is in a sequence of poems, published here for the first time, 'According to Lydia'. The route to a contemporary Christian faith takes in memories of his time on Achill Island in the novitiate in Tipperary and the seminary in Kimmage, Dublin, as well as his encounter with the work of Teilhard de Chardin, priest and anthropologist, and the poetry of the Nobel Prize-winning Swedish writer Tomas Tranströmer.

 John F. Deane was born on Achill Island in 1943. He founded Poetry Ireland and The Poetry Ireland Review, 1979; published several collections of poetry, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, Golden Key Award from Serbia and Laudomia Bonnani Prize from 'L'Aquila, Italy. He was shortlisted for both the T.S Eliot Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, and he won residencies in Bavaria, Monaco, and Paris. He is a member of Aosdana. 

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