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Walking the verges that skirt

RT. 20 in Northwest Nebraska
through the dunes beyond the
14th fairway into the Irish Sea.

Barbed wire frames these hills
no flap-flap or children's
howling but winds calling out
Lie down, roll across the sands.

Copyright © 1997
by Eamonn Wall
All rights reserved.

has followed his highly praised book of 1994, Dyckman-200th Street (Salmon), with Iron Mountain Road (Salmon), a chronicle of the poet's travels from Ireland to New York to the open spaces of the American Plains. Wall's poetry is tender but spiked with wit, a voice speaking its secrets and surprises, reminding us of things we never knew we knew. No subject is beyond his grasp, from the four stern faces of Mt. Rushmore to the "Order Here" box at the local McDonald's. With the vivid insight of the outsider, he brings to life the Platte River, the Black Hills of South Dakota, and some of the best-loved places of our region. A recent review on Ireland's RTÉ Radio put it this way: "He's managed to take in the mythology of the States, and it's blessedly free of nostalgia, the too easy trip back home. He's able to find the connection between the old world and the new....a good, muscular, adult book. Wall has found his stride."

Eamonn Wall was born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland. He attended University College, Dublin, the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, and City University of New York, where he received a Ph.D in English. He lives in Omaha, where he is an Associate Professor of English at Creighton University.

Past Top of the Rock Features

redball.gif April 1997 (Grace Bauer's The Women at the Well)
redball.gif March 1997 (Susan Aizenberg's Peru)
redball.gif January 1997 (Nebraska Poets Calendar)
redball.gif December 1996 (Nebraska Book Arts Center)
redball.gif November 1996 (Missouri Valley Reading Series)
redball.gif October 1996 (Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering)
redball.gif August 1996 (Marly Swick's Paper Wings)
redball.gif July 1996 (Nebraska Shakespeare Festival)
redball.gif May 1996 (Prairie Schooner)
redball.gif April 1996 (Nebraska Poets)
redball.gif March 1996 (Ron Hansen's Atticus)

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