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The Keys to the Cottage

Stories from the West of Ireland

Carlos Reyes has an almost Joycean ear for the nuances of Irish speech, and in The Keys to the Cottage he catches the energy and music of the talk and the crosstalk of a rural Ireland which scarcely exists any more. From his first bewildering encounters with people who see him as just another Yank, an outsider passing through, we watch him being enfolded into a culture and a family which he observes with a clear but loving eye. A rich and gentle humor suffuses this book, and as Ireland changes rapidly Reyes holds on to a vision of a slower time of hard farmwork, long sessions of poetry and pints, and endless cups of tea lubricating talk of politics and pigs. He gives us a host of characters, in that special Irish sense of the word which mixes personality with an engrossing crookedness of individuality. By the end, the outsider has become the genial chronicler of the kinds of lives that will not be seen again, and has become an insider more Irish than many of the Irish themselves.

About the Author

Carlos Reyes is a noted Portland poet, translator, and world traveler. His latest book of poetry is Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart. He has been an Oregon Arts Commission Fellow, a Yaddo Fellow, a Fundación Valparaíso Fellow (Spain), a Heinrich Boll Fellow (Ireland), An Island Institute Fellow (Sitka, Alaska), as well as poet-in-resident at the Joshua Tree National Park, Acadia National Park, and most recently Devils Tower National Monument.
Lost Horse Press and Lynx House Press

9780990819318 : the-keys-to-the-cottage-reyes
Paperback / softback
150 Pages
$18.00 USD

Other Titles by Carlos Reyes

Osage Elegy

Carlos Reyes
May 2021 - lost horse press
$18.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Guilt in Our Pockets

Carlos Reyes
Jul 2017 - Lynx House Press
$16.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Poems of Love and Madness / Poemas de Amor y Locura

translated by Carlos Reyes
Apr 2013 - Lynx House Press
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

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Apr 2022 - University Press of Kentucky
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Apr 2022 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
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Next Time There's a Pandemic

Vivek Shraya, afterword by J.R. Carpenter
Feb 2022 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
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