Everything Else We Must Endure
Author: Brian McGettrick
Publisher: Sunnyoutside, Buffalo, NY
Paperback, 52 pages
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Everything Else We Must Endure allows the reader to peep through domestic doors not fully closed and see the varied interiors of the lives being led, introducing us to memorable characters who re- mind us that not all action takes place in the spotlight. In these poems, even the mundane sparkles and sometimes it’s the young who have wisdom to spare.
Brian McGettrick lives a half life in front of the typewriter and a full life with his wife and two daughters in the north of Ireland. This is his first collection.
“Brian’s rich talent allows him to say so much with so little, to craft emotion and meaning with such simple, gentle, everyday words. This is welcome, accessible poetry; honest, generous, warm and wise. This collection is a deep-dive exploration into the simple distractions of life, and one which reminds the reader of the joy— and the uneasiness—which surrounds us all.”
—Jason Johnson, author of Woundlicker and Alina
“Sharp, often funny, sometimes world weary, always interesting.”
—Tony O’Neill, author of Digging the Vein and Down and Out on Murder Mile
“Brian McGettrick’s poetry stands out because it combines a focus on the reality of everyday life situations with an ability to excite surprise or wonder in the reader...these poems deal with themes that are everywhere around us.”
—Eabhan Ní Shúileabháin, poetry editor, The Stinging Fly