This Hour Of The Tide (1994)


‘These poems have lyric designs on the landscape. Trees and swans and weather make the background. Their colours and changes are deftly handled and then unexpectedly and subversively translated into a foreground of human feeling and human threat. This lyric mixture of real feeling and craftsmanlike grace makes the edges of these poems sharp and dangerous, and gives them the sort of music that reaches outwards and into memory.’ —Eavan Boland

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This Hour Of The Tide (1994)This Hour Of The Tide (1994)

Cover Image: Treasure 1 by Mary Rose Binchy.

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Irish Times review

‘The success of this poetry, here as elsewhere, is primarily a matter of creative tact, of finding the right words to allow the experience to speak for itself.’

— David Wheatley, The Irish Times

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In Dublin review

Her new collection, This Hour of the Tide, shows that, although ostensibly a poet of the landscape, she uses precise imagery to suggest that there is a barely controlled violence within the landscape itself… Distinctive and compelling, This Hour of the Tide confirms Catherine Phil MacCarthy as an accomplished writer moving confidently into her own poetic territory.

— Sharon Barnes, In Dublin magazine

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