A former director of Poetry Ireland, Joseph Woods now lives in Zimbabwe. Between the birth of his daughter and the deaths of his parents, the poems in Monsoon Diary attempt to make sense of the world. The poems explore a growing awareness of mortality and the many losses that come with age. They also bear witness to a country (Myanmar) transitioning from dictatorship to democracy. Driving to Delvin, a poem of 84 couplets, breaks into a kind of road movie of spirited and sometimes random association, bringing all the book’s themes and ideas together in a celebration of forward motion. Joseph is kindly brought to FLF courtesy of Culture Ireland.
 How I see it (Hospice Hall)
Poetry 1 (Elephant & Barrel): Writing woman as subject and object
 Shedding light (Elephant & Barrel)