About the book…
the critical success of her first two collections - Tin Drum Country (1995) and Sharing
Darwin (1999) - Taganrog
confirms Sabine Wichert as a significant voice in Irish poetry.
As befits a poet born in Poland but long resident in Northern Ireland, she moves with a startling ease between two distinct sensibilities. Whether writing about the domesticities of her adopted home or the larger, more complex, imaginative legacies of central and eastern Europe, she brings to her task an instinctive balance between the committed and the detached eye. The poems of Taganrog both challenge and confirm the value of poetry in the face of momentous social, political and cultural pressures.
As well as exploring different geographic and political worlds, Wichert delicately and with restraint explores the contours of inner emotional and psychic worlds in a series of strikingly intimate and honest poems about love and friendship.