There is such a delight, like when the sky clears to a thin astonishing blue when you get a Collected or Selected poems to review. Especially if that poet in this case County Kilkenny based Kerry Hardie, whose work since 1996 has been so familiar to you.

It is wonderful to think that Gallery Press has kept the steadfast faith over five books of poetry to arrive at this celebration of achievement and celebration of such ordinary things that inspire extraordinary poetic and spiritual feelings.