The distinction between art and science is man-made, like language and words. The best we can hope to do, it seems, is to redefine both. Games of Chance tosses words like knucklebones into the air, while seeking to predict the outcome. The results are deception and random revelation. Gerard Beirne studied mathematics and engineering, and in the present collection seeks to reconcile art and science with spirituality.
“It is not like any poetry one has seen before.” – The Guardian
“Beirne writes for those who despair at how disengaged from other realms of knowledge poetry can sometimes seem.” – Winnipeg Free Press
By far the most memorable novel of the year for me was Gerard Beirne’s wonderful The Eskimo in the Net …Wonderful clear prose and sensitive observation in a tough environment make this an outstanding debut work, scandalously ignored by this year’s Man Booker judges.” - Graham Ball (Literary Editor, Daily Express 2004).
“Beirne’s descriptive writing is superb. He evokes the atmosphere of the town brilliantly, along with the surrounding landscape…they (the characters) have all stayed with me. The narrative was compelling, seeping into my being…” - Books Ireland