Reckonings (Paperback)

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Patrick Moran's fourth collection, Reckonings, traces the poet's journey from a rural upbringing, marked by religious fervor, to a world of fraught intensities and troubled legacies. Having charted his progress through a diocesan boarding school, where he takes his first, tentative steps as a poet, Moran next focuses on early adulthood, a period of existential questing and drifting, when he struggles to find a voice in the classroom and on the page. While the last section opens on a buoyant note, with a group of marriage poems, echoes of earlier turbulence are still heard, notably in "Spectral" where nightmares disrupt his sleep and memories rip open/ (his) delicate/ stitching. Indeed, the past - its mulding, its affirmations, its shadowing - pervades Moran's reckonings in this section: whether in taking stock of his teaching career; in reassessing his heritage; or brooding, characteristically, on blighted lives and might-have-beens.

As Reckonings tries to keep faith with its formative influences, the poet bears witness, in these unsparingly honest lyrics, to his life and times: turning, as he observes in "Makings",

his restless days
into jottings, numbered pages:
as if the unrecorded life
were not worth living.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781912561698
ISBN-10: 1912561697
Publisher: Salmon Poetry
Publication Date: March 1st, 2020
Pages: 96
Language: English