Steering by the Stars

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To borrow a line from the author, here is a book  “where dreams are born again”.

Mooney is clear-eyed, exact and precise in evoking the places where he has been gifted with insight, in recalling the people, who have so evidently made his a rich and treasured life. He knows, and the poems show it out clearly, shining with inner light, that we live in this mysterious, terrible and beautiful world in the company of each other, that we ” enjoy the fruits of earth’ in a common celebration. To mark down his gratitude in these poems is both to acknowledge the gifts he has been given and to share them with us in a most generous gesture.  The late, great, Michael Hartnett once challenged Mooney with “are you a poet?’  STEERING WITH THE STARS offers the question answered.— Theo Dorgan


Matt Mooney was born in Kilchreest, south Galway in 1943. A graduate of UCG and a post graduate of UCC, Mooney was a vocational teacher in Listowel until his retirement in 2002. Steering by the Stars is Mooney’s fifth collection. His first Droving was published in 2003, followed by Falling Apples (2010), Earth to Earth (2015) and The Singing Woods (2017). He was the winner of The Pádraig Liath Ó Conchubhair Irish Language Poetry Award 2018, and his poems have appeared in anthologies and journals worldwide.  His work has been translated into Spanish and published in the literary magazines Cardenal and Palabrerías in Mexico. He has been a feature reader in The White House (Limerick), Ó Bhéal (Cork), On the Nail (Limerick), West Cork Literary Festival, Baffle, Féile Raifteirí, Éigse Dara Beag , The Forge in Gort and has featured online in Cultivating Voices (USA) and Not the Time to be Silent (Limerick). Mooney is also a copy editor, proof reader and poetry reviewer with the The Galway Review Literary Magazine.


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