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In Praise of Usefulness, Angela Patten’s third collection of poetry, finds the expatriate Irish poet once again poised between thoughts of Ireland, the country that engendered her love of language and literature, and America, the country that fostered her development as a woman and a poet. Far from taking a sentimental view of the past, however, these poems take an ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 12th 2014 by Wind Ridge Books and Sun Ridge Poetry
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Hannah
Jan 27, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
“It was far from guns and kidnappers I was reared, as my father might have said,” begins the second chapter of Angela Patten’s slim memoir, High Tea at a Low Table, Stories from an Irish Childhood, published by Wind Ridge Books of Vermont in 2013.

For Patten, the second of four siblings, was raised in Sallynoggin, a neighborhood outside of Dublin, in the ‘50s and ‘60s, “an era in which the ragman, the slopman, and the coalman still came to our doorsteps with horses and carts, and Mr. Byrne, the

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I was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and I came to America in 1977. Much of my writing has emerged from the sense of living between two worlds—not only Ireland and the U.S., but the past and the present. The world in which I grew up was predominantly working-class, Irish and Catholic. We never traveled and I had little sense of the rest of the world. Nowadays Ireland is very much part of ...more
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