The Evergreen Road
Robert. A Welch
About the book…
turn into the graceful curve of Capwell Avenue,
& see the light in the bare paned windows
of St. Finbarr’s Hospital, behind one of which
your mother, scarcely more than a girl herself,
is looking, stupefied, into the wild blue eyes
you bring from wherever it was you came,
amongst the trackless spaces of the farthest stars.
from ‘Skehard: For Rachel’
Robert Welch’s latest collection is marked by a belief in the value of the intimate, the domestic and the personal. With an acute sense of the duties, obligations and liberations of the past and an optimism grounded firmly in the present, The Evergreen Road shows a poet at the peak of his powers a recognisably humanvoice talking to individual readers.
Whether writing about landscape, childhood memories of the author's native Cork City, the perils of love, the exhilarations of friendship both personal and intellectual, mortality, or the joys of fatherhood, Robert Welch memorably forgoes easy nostalgia and sentimentality. Rather, he brings to his material the sensibility of the poet; a sense of the crafting of the transient into something fixed and permanent and, most of all, true.