Digging My Own Grave
“Digging My Own Grave is a brilliant title for a first book of poems. It speaks of a wisdom beyond the author’s years…Beirne’s poems live up to the promise of the title…Beirne has a feeling for language and the power of language, a fine sense of where the poems ends, a rich imagination.” Poetry Ireland Review
Digging My Own Grave (Dedalus Press, Dublin), Gerard Beirne’s first collection of poetry, won second place in The Patrick Kavanagh Award prior to publication. “The poems are uniquely imaginative and strikingly original, rooting themselves in the landscape – and the forces that shape landscape -to explore the inherent tensions between spirituality and physicality. The religious and corporeal merge with and emerge from this vast territory as they seek to discover the extend of their boundaries.