Song of the Goldfinch A Memoir
Size: 215 mm x 138 mm
Publisher: Veritas Publications
‘Here Huckleberry Finn meets Dylan Thomas on Achill Island, a lost world of corncrakes and ragamuffins. Captivating. Truly wonderful. I loved this book – I think you might too.’
-Mark Patrick Hederman OSB, author and former abbot of Glenstal Abbey
‘Deane evokes without sentimentality a world of wonder, as well as a journey through momentous change in the Catholic Church.’
-Hilary Davies, poet, translator and critic
‘Once every blue moon a book is written on parchment and in dried blood. Here Huckleberry Finn meets Dylan Thomas on Achill Island, a lost world of corncrakes and ragamuffins. Captivating. Truly wonderful. I loved this book, I think you might too.’
-Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB, author of Crimson and Gold: Life as a Limerick, 2021
‘In Song of the Goldfinch Deane traces the delicate thread of poetry making and faith-making from an idyllic childhood on the wild shores of the island of Achill, through his youthful experiences as a seminarian, to the mature understanding of old age. He evokes without sentimentality a world of wonder, as well as a journey through momentous change in the Catholic church. His poetry shows us unequivocally how the natural world points to the divine, and how the human world must recognise that. His descriptions of an enchanted Achill bring this world vividly before our eyes: we hear the sea, we see the mountains, we feel and smell the breath of an Atlantic wind that has blown across an ocean of faith and time to reach him’.
-Hilary Davies is a poet, translator and critic; her fourth collection is Exile and the Kingdom, Enitharmon, 2016.
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Song of the Goldfinch is a memoir tracing John F. Deane’s faith from his childhood and early adulthood as a strict Roman Catholic through his life as an internationally acclaimed writer and poet. It is an evocative examination of his time as a novice and seminarian, and of his tireless exploration of alternative Christian approaches, punctuated by poetry, both published and previously unpublished. Its insights and experiences are unique to the author as an individual and a poet, and yet wholly relevant to Christian faith in our challenging times.
About the Author:
John F. Deane is a writer and poet. His ninth collection of poetry, Naming of the Bones, was published by Carcanet Press in 2021. He spent five years as a Holy Ghost novice and seminarian, studied and taught poetry and faith, and published several books of essays on poets of faith, such as Hopkins, Herbert, Heaney and Kinsella. He is the founder of Poetry Ireland and Dedalus Press.