About the book…
Protestant Windows is the poetry debut of Portadown-born Sam Gardiner. It is a collection remarkable for its poise and assurance. Armed with an understated technical gift, an eye for the tension underlying daily existence and a wry sensibility which empathise with people and landscapes on the periphery, Gardiner's poetry engages with the imaginative-and intertwining-legacies of the past-whether personal, political or cultural.
While shot through with the lyric discourses of his native Ulster, Gardiner's poetry is throughly at home with the traditions of his adopted England. Steeped in the resonances of the Thomas Hardy, Philip Larkin, Douglas Dunn line of English poetry, Protestant Windows is a collection notable for its accessibility and engagement.
Whether writing about childhood, the joys and failures of love, the death of friends of loved ones, the trials of faith and despair, Gardiner's poetry is recognisably-and triumphantly-human and humane. Protestant Windows marks the entrance of a new and significant voice in Ulster poetry.