BOOKCASE: James Lawless reviews ‘The Lie of the Land.’

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The Lie of the Land. Elaine Gaston. Doire Press; 79pp; €12/£9 pb; [??] cm; 978-1-907682-38-4.



 Rescuing words, creating original images

Excerpt:

Gaston_201507151527_0001Reminding one of the poetry of John Clare, North Antrim poet Elaine Gaston makes great use of Gaelic-derived words incorporated into the language of ordinary country people. She is helping to preserve them from their obliteration by Standard English. Their sounds are sweet to the ear: ‘He jeuked through a slap in the hedge’, or ‘She looked for him / up the brae, at the sheugh’ (Mother’s Day). In Keeping in Touch she clarifies what she is about […]

 

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November/December 2015 (Issue no. 364)


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