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Book Launch by John Liddy
From the early poem ‘Madrid Through The Eyes of a Stranger,’ first published in the bilingual collection Wine and Hope/Vino y Esperanza (1999), to the epic title poem, ‘Madrid,’ in this present collection, John Liddy returns to his adopted home, no longer a stranger but seasoned in its idiosyncrasies. It is as though he has come full circle. But he moves further afield to take in Galicia, Asturias, Atapuerca and the Ireland he has never stopped writing about. Madrid and Other Poems takes the reader beyond place and country into the heart of modern living with its political and social upheavals. The tribute poem to poets past and present and the questioning, religious-social poem are also to be found in this, his eleventh collection. The book is Liddy’s unrelentless search for whatever truths may be found in the writing of poems. He is concerned with what the eye observes and how thoughts reveal or unfold.