The spirit of the departed source, origin, heritage, history is the essence of this book, rich with the tang of Newfoundland speech.
Agnes Walsh's first book, In the Old Country of My Heart, is one of the most read and best loved books of poetry to come out of Newfoundland. Going Around with Bachelors and Other Poems continues and extends Walsh's distinctive subject matter: the past in the present, Ireland and Portugal in Newfoundland, weather internal and external, the Cape Shore. Here are poems of place and of people in place, of family both immediate and extended, with heritage deep and rich. They are also absolutely contemporary poems by a poet, gifted with a remarkably flexible and distinctive voice, who is planted, in her own words, "straight up and down into what's new." Included with the book is a CD of readings by Agnes Walsh.
"Storytelling is boiled down to a lively, vernacular essence, and often spiked with dry wit ... lyrical touches [are] all the more effective for being used sparingly."--Barbara Carey, The Toronto Star
"Going Around with Bachelors is soft-spoken, affecting, empathetic storytelling from Newfoundland ... she can epigrammatically distill a complex relationship into a few lines."--Fraser Sutherland, The Globe and Mail
" ... You enter some of these poems as if cracking a side door and walking into the middle of a kitchen conversation ... pure, oral and aural delight."--George Elliott Clarke, Halifax Chronicle-Herald