What's Happening In The Shade

Liam Ryan

Date Published :
April 2015
Publisher :
Liberties Press
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ISBN : 9781909718968
Pages : 60
Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.5 inches
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Liam Ryan canvasses a wide spectrum of subjects in his third collection of poems What's happening in the Shade. Part I of the collection visits life, death and religion, while Part II examines love in many of its forms: parental love, spousal love, and unrequited love. Formidable in lyrical intensity throughout, there are no boundaries to the places Ryan will visit in his poetry. His cold, dark winters are punctured by light, dewy springs, and for every green meadow full of emotion there's a wooden desk covered with precise lines and measurements. He provides both objective observations and his private thoughts, with a joke or a pun always waiting just around the corner.

Throughout What's happening in the Shade, Ryan borrows the words of fifteen world poets - including Pablo Neruda, Mirabai, and Rainer Maria Rilke - translates them, and transforms them to his own, offering new versions of lofty poetry to professor and novice alike. In this newest collection of poems, Liam Ryan truly becomes master of all trades.

About The Author

Liam Ryan was born in Donohill, Tipperary in 1955 but now lives in Co. Laois where he has his own architectural business. He is married with two grown-up daughters. Doghouse Books published his debut collection of poems Touching Stones in May 2009. His poems and reviews have been published in The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland and The Shop. One of his poems won third prize at Strokestown International Poetry Competition in 2012 and his work has been included in several anthologies, including the Dublin anthology If Ever You Go. What's Happening in the Shade is his second collection of poems.

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