Sailing to Hokkaido

Sailing to Hokkaido
by Joseph Woods


Sailing to Hokkaido is the first collection by Joseph Woods. It won the prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Award for Best First Collection in 2000.

In this volume of forty-five poems a wide spectrum of poetic landscapes and perspectives is unified by the strength of the poet’s voice which is “easy and melodic, sometimes casual, sometimes deceptively smooth but always alert”. As Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, poet and Dean of Arts (Letters) at Trinity College, Dublin, continues: “the colour is electrifying, as in ‘Private Language’… Elsewhere in ‘Trans-Siberian’ or ‘Interview’ it is muted and controlled… If Woods is technically expert it is not to dazzle but to reveal his subject matter… His work as a whole shows an impressive reach and range.”



Published: October 2001
ISBN: 0-9530947-6-6
Pages: 56
Price: £6.00

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