Published by Clutag Press (2017).
In Search of Poetry presents a series of journal entries, verse experiments and finished poems, written as Murphy worked in search of the sonnet sequence that would give its name to his fourth collection The Price of Stone (1984). With one exception, ‘Natural Son’, the sonnets are written as if spoken by a series of buildings. These range from the big house of the Anglo-Irish landowner to the makeshift roadside shelter of the Irish traveller – from lead-mine chimney, rural schoolhouse, cruel reformatory, and English Cathedral school to idyllic childhood home and ascetic island dwelling, with here and there on the skyline a phallic folly, an imperious column marking British rule.
As John Burnside shows in his introduction ‘belonging’ and ‘home’ are profound and tender watchwords in this book – a work that is, as Colm Tóibín has remarked, ‘beautifully uncertain’.
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