(Paraclete Press of Brewster, MA: September, 2011)
The Sin-Eater: A Breviary, Thomas Lynch's fifth book of poems has just been released by Paraclete Press of Brewster, MA. Launched at The Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Cambridge, the collection gathers two dozen, twenty-four line poems -- a book of hours -- on the life and times of Argyle, the sin-eater and includes two dozen black and white photographic images by the author's son, Michael Lynch, and a watercolor by his son, Sean. The poems and images are situated on the West Clare peninsula in Ireland where the author keeps an ancestral home in the townland of Moveen between the North Atlantic and the River Shannon estuary. The poems are prefaced by an "Introit" which examines the nature of religious experience, faith and doubt, communion and atonement.
In "The Sin-Eater," Lynch once again brings together his intricate knowledge of the body and the soul, and the result is a luminous, humane collection that sees religion as a question mark, not a period.
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