Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ballyconnell Colours” as Want to Read:
Ballyconnell Colours
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Ballyconnell Colours

5.0 of 5 stars 5.00  ·  rating details  ·  1 rating  ·  1 review
Although best known as a writer of fiction, Healy's first collection of poetry is an auspicious debut. The poems move in a variety of registers, from the background and imaginative landscape of Co. Cavan to the West of Ireland coast. This large, generous book is marked by an acceptance of the daily world and by compassion.
Published October 1st 1997 by Gallery Press (IRL) (first published January 1st 1992)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Ballyconnell Colours, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Ballyconnell Colours

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-12 of 12)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Stark poems, cold form, fierce emotional heat.

The colours of life are often drained, washed-out, running into each other like waters - or storms or skies. Location is impermanent, unmoored (a favourite trope), identity tumbling; perhaps what coalesence there is rests, moves rather, in the acceptance of the flux, the world that will not be held down. This is hard:

Sometimes I am bewildered
By all this foolish energy
Battering away
Miles from people.

I envy those
Who live upriver
At the quiet source.
RobinR marked it as to-read
Feb 06, 2015
Martin marked it as to-read
Oct 01, 2013
Hal marked it as to-read
Jul 05, 2013
Maureen marked it as to-read
May 24, 2013
Ursula added it
Aug 06, 2011
Angela Garcia
Angela Garcia marked it as to-read
Jun 20, 2011
Marjory marked it as to-read
Jun 08, 2011
Topher marked it as to-read
Apr 06, 2011
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Dermot Healy (born 1947 in Finnea, County Westmeath, Ireland) was an Irish novelist, playwright, and poet. He won the Hennessy Award (1974 and 1976), the Tom Gallon Award (1983), and the Encore Award (1995). In 2011, he was shortlisted for the Poetry Now Award for his poetry collection, A Fool's Errand.

Healy was a member of Aosdána and of its governing body, the Toscaireacht, and lived in County S
More about Dermot Healy...
A Goat's Song Long Time, No See Sudden Times The Bend for Home Banished Misfortune

Share This Book