Looking for Ireland
Take a journey from Appalachia to Ireland in this 48-page collection which is both a chapbook and a work of art.
The poems and photographs in this book were created in West Virginia, western Maryland, and Ireland from 2000–2016. Laura enjoyed many solitary hours walking, reflecting, writing, and saving moments on this path, this journey, this magical pilgrimage.
Praise for Looking for Ireland
“In one of the poems in her luminous new collection, Laura Bentley advises the reader to find a forked branch and let it lead ‘to places you've never been.’ That is just what these brief, compelling poems do: They reveal fresh landscapes of thought and feeling. In our rushed and muddled world, Bentley's meditative poems are like breathing spaces—elegant, clarifying, assured.”
— Julia Keller, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sorrow Road.
“You are holding in your hand a thing of beauty. Here, indeed, Laura Treacy Bentley makes ‘words flicker like flame’. The imagery of the poems is married to stunning photographs forming a perfect balance. You will be taken seamlessly on a visual and poetic journey from Appalachia to Ireland, ‘to the fuchsia that bleeds on Inish Mor’ and ‘Blackbirds seed the summer clouds’ and back again. This is a work of art that achieves what the poet/photographer strives for, ‘to capture wild beauty before it takes flight.’”
— Tony O’Dwyer, co-editor of Crannóg Literary Magazine (Galway, Ireland).