Cathal L. Dallat
About the book…
Morning Star marks the debut of a important voice in Northern Irish letters. Daringly wide-ranging in its themes, C.L. Dallat’s sensibility is steeped in the ambiguities and imaginative tensions of home, place, and belonging, moving with a deceptive ease between the strange ‘here’ of Belfast and the Glens of Antrim and the surprisingly familiar ‘there’ of England and continental Europe. Impressively balanced between raw emotion and distanced intellect, Morning Star has an ear cocked to the verities of history and mythology and to the cool ironies and codology of the modern and post-modern. Yet, above all, Dallat’s work is imbued with the lyric tradition of his native Ulster: a poetry alert to the intimacies and urgencies of daily life, the play of light and shadow on the landscape; a poetry of quiet and unfussy precision, rigorous and bracing in its thought, redemptive in its compassionate vision.