Published: 15/03/2018
ISBN: 9781788037679
Format: Paperback

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Made Strange By Time
by Derek Healy

Made Strange By Time comprises lyric poetry inspired by the poet’s keen awareness of the curious ways in which the passage of time affects us, whether it be the march of decades or a momentary shift of view. We may be mesmerised by our remembered past, bewitched by an imagined history, confused by the present’s ambiguities, fearful of the future’s power, or all of these at once. The tone is reflective, sometimes philosophical and often tinged with a wry, self deprecatory humour. Many of his subjects are immediate, personal and universal – memories of parents and childhood; love and longing; growing away from one’s roots; anticipated futures; loss of friends; the responsibilities of caring; disappointments, rejections, and the occasional chance which turns out well.

Derek Healy takes a now rare delight in the intensity of meaning and musicality lent by traditional poetic forms such as the sonnet. He frequently sees constraints of line length, stanza form and rhyme, as paradoxically setting verse free and allowing it to soar.

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