You can now buy my poetry collection, Good Morning, at the wonderful Four Masters Bookshop in the Diamond in Donegal Town.
The shop, run by a lovely woman called Joan, is a thriving place and I am proud that this is the first shop in Ireland to sell the book.
The Poem of the MonthÂ for November is wedding, a poem written some years ago when the idea of gay marriage was less fashionable and any ceremonies wereÂ not legal and generallyÂ hidden.
The poem features in my 2010 collection Good Morning. You can buy the book on-line (PayPal accepted) or at several retailers – ideal Christmas present!!
A departure this month. Follow the link to the Red Ensemble video of their interpretation of my poem Right. The ensemble used a recording of my recitation of the poem and Palestinian poet Ghazi Husseinâ€™s recording of his Arabic translation as part of their improvisation. The piece was recorded at Glasgow City Halls.
The accompanying film features dancer Joan Beattie of the Vito Dance Theatre.
Right was originally published in â€œChapmanâ€ and is in my collection â€œGood Morningâ€œ.
A short review of the collection in the latest edition of Northwords Now.
Guest reviewer Lesley Harrison writes:
“Charlie Gracieâ€™s poems aim to capture the clear, tender moments of beauty around us â€“ how rain brings light with it, the warp and weft of a single-track road, Tam oâ€™ Shanter at bedtime. Good Morning (diehard, 2010) is a quiet celebration of life and living:
â€œand even when the sunshine bakes us / the rain is only hiding / smirring off the surface of the sea /gathering its breath / for the big Heave Hoâ€.”
The paperback edition, published by diehard, is launched now.
You can buy a copy from the website directly or from a range of outlets.
“Good Morning” was published in September 2010 by Diehard Press.
“Charlie Gracie’s poems are quiet and clear, in love with nature and all of the possibilities of being human and alive.Â As refreshing as a cool drink of Scottish water on a warm summer’s day.” Alan Bissett
“‘Charlie Gracie’s poems give voice to the quiet moments in life, delicately observed and tenderly described.” Magi Gibson
Go to Diehard Press to buy a copy or contact me directly via this website