Easter in March
Easter in March
‘Daragh Bradish is a collector and deft arranger of pictures from a rich and living past, a tender memorialist, a man alert to the significant undercurrents in the world. His poems, rooted in and considerate of memory, are alive to “the love of Earth/And Heaven”, seeking always to retrieve, to consider, to reframe and to bless.’
'It's very descriptive writing: one can get a sense of the mood in the words.'
—Angela Faull, CRCfm
‘Bradish, a Dublin poet, locates his poems in that city; on its canals, piers and beaches and in its dwellings. County Clare topography appears and Rome provides a backdrop to a sequence of poems in the final section. . . . In an oblique way this collection is memory-hungry and remembering is central to the book in determining how the poet sees himself as a man in a family both past and present, and how he see himself as an artist. . . . The poet has a good understanding of form. Silence and space are important and give the poems the power to bring subject matter to us obliquely. . . . These poems sit quietly on the page. Their quietness gives them greater insistence and a more enduring quality. Through the imagery of circuit, collector, the pilgrim on a journey, Bradish makes himself very present to us. Music abounds in this memorable work of love, joy, loss and memory, where even beyond the grave the deceased do not cease to sing.’
—Tom Conaty, The Galway Review
Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote that ‘beauty will save the world’, an enigmatic statement which continues to demand fresh interpretation. Daragh Bradish moves his collection through circuits to the premise that such a redemption remains possible. He sets out to find re-enchantment in the ordinariness of life.
Bradish canvasses a broad spectrum of subjects in his first collection of poetry Easter in March. The poems are drawn from such diverse sources as children’s story books and games, Renaissance paintings, pop songs, the streets of Rome, the Dublin coastline, and landscapes of west Clare.
There are three prose books driving the collection forward, The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life by Thomas Moore; Ordinarily Sacred by Lynda Sexton; and John O’Donohue’s Eternal Echoes. The poet casts his own life story against the philosophy expounded in these works.
Daragh Bradish was born and raised in Terenure, Dublin, spending formative years in Bray, County Wicklow. He was educated in TCD, where he studied Fine Arts and History. In recent years he has lived part-time in Liscannor, County Clare. He has coordinated and run the ‘Soundings for Simon’ December readings in Dublin for the past five years. Published widely in Irish, UK, and European journals, Easter in March is his first collection. www.daraghbradish.com