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The suntrap in the title poem of Catherine Phil MacCarthy's long-awaited third collection is a magnifying glass through which a young girl is shown for the first time `how to burn'. Pervaded with the light of things caught and held, MacCarthy's finely crafted poems are perceptive and assured, moving deftly from the Aran Islands in Ireland's Galway Bay to Africa, from childhood to womanhood, and from innocence to experience.
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Catherine Phil MacCarthy was born in Limerick in 1954. She was educated at University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin and the Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She was writer in residence for the City of Dublin in 1994, and for University College Dublin in 2002. She won the National Women's Poetry Competition in 1990, was a prizewinner in the 1992 Patrick Kavanagh Awards, and was shortlisted for the Austin Clarke Prize in 1996. She has published two collections of poetry: This Hour of the Tide (1994) and The Blue Globe (Blackstaff, 1998). She is also the author of one novel, One Room an Everywhere (Blackstaff, 2003).Review:
"She brings a quiet authenticity into her verse."
"The tone is calm, but still trembles minutely with the frisson of a sensual pleasure remembered."
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Book Description Blackstaff Pr, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0856408018
Book Description Blackstaff Pr, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0856408018