Damian Smyth's fourth collection is a single sequence of 70 'brief elegies' in terza rima, written between May and July 2009. The poems provide an occasion for the registering of several griefs, each intensely felt and cumulatively dramatic, personal but neither private nor exclusive.
Market Street & Lamentations ‘The book does not simply then seek to reveal the marvelous in the local but also to denote the town’s inevitable passing … The abiding sense of humans passing through history and leaving little enough behind to recall that passing … Market Street is unlike anything else in recent Irish poetry. Together with Lamentations, it shows Damian Smyth as an ambitious poet with formidable gifts. This is a work to be treasured.’ – Poetry Ireland Review