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Invitation to a Sacrifice: poetry by Dave Lordan

Issue No. 2216

This poetry collection tackles the dominant rhetoric of sacrifice in an Ireland facing recession.

It documents the barbarism that subjugation to the market brings.

The poems rage against the institutions of the state with emotion, satire and humour. They are also something of a call to arms.

The tone moves between plaintive and howling while the language is clear and invigorating.

Cork’s answer to Adrian Mitchell deserves a wider audience outside of Ireland.

Invitation to a Sacrifice by Dave Lordan. Salmon Poetry, £10

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Tue 24 Aug 2010, 17:30 BST
Issue No. 2216
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