A stunning bilingual poetry collection from one of Ireland’s most provocative poets
His greatest gift to the Irish-language poem is his stance as outsider.
— Liam Ó Muirthile
Rosenstock is so famously difficult to pin down, that one is slow to try to describe him at all. Indeed, this foxy elusiveness may be his defining feature.
I stíl, i ndearcadh, i gcur chuige tá sé neamhchosúil le héinne eile atá ag saothrú na teanga faoi láthair.
—Cathal Ó Searcaigh
Gabriel Rosenstock’s poetry is unique in the aesthetic resolution it achieves between the political and the metaphysical, the regional and the universal, the identification with the victims of injustice, neglect and exploitation and the celebration of Nature’s endless mystery: there are very few poets writing today who can equal him in his range of concerns, themes and forms as well as the simplicity he achieves in the poetic expression of his integrated vision that is a mark of a rare meditative maturity.
He is a shape-changer. He is both everywhere and nowhere.
His poems are fearless, expansive, delirious, hilarious, but always astonishing.
Tá taithí le fada againn ar shaothar Ghabriel Rosenstock, an file a thug an India agus an
t-oirthear agus an haiku agus foirmeacha aduaine eile isteach sa Ghaeilge. Is maith is eol dúinn a chúram don mhionrud, don mhóimint, don léargas gealghonta aonair. Bíodh nach toise nua ar fad atá á oscailt sa chnuasach seo aige—faightear an aigne chéanna, an cúram fairsing céanna—aithneofar géire bhreise san insint amhail is dá mbeadh sé sásta dul go poiblí ar shlí nár dhein go hiomlán cheana. Baile beag gránna abhac-aigneach is ea Gleann na nGabhar/ Glengower a thugann teideal don leabhar, agus ní miste a rá gur dócha gurb é Éire é ina lánleamhas. Is é is measa faoi ná go bhfuil an fhírinne aige ann arís is arís.
Gabriel Rosenstock defies gravitational laws, leaping out of the confines of the Irish language through the vigour of his writing and its total disregard for the limitations of time and space. He employs the poetic resources of all ages and languages to describe the central dramas of the soul with beauty, humour and precision.