Epitaphs And Dreams
Mainly written in exile while Patrick FitzGerald served as a full-time revolutionary, Epitaphs and Dreams, vividly expresses the thoughts, emotions, situations, passions and challenges in the life of a liberation cadre. Struggle themes are artfully threaded through the inner-life of a lively and engaged intellect. The author is at once the militant, the romantic, the analyst and the sardonic observer – the poetry ranging from the delicate and lyrical to powerfully directed narrative cadences. Several poems poignantly memorialise fallen comrades, while others speak about partings and regret, the punishments of distance and absence, and close personal relationships whirled away in the time and tide of struggle. The poetic voice evokes a past, but still lingering world, when ideals were important and sacrifice and courage critical mediums of everyday existence. These poems conjure numerous traces of a time of great difficulties, but one less mercenary and more value-driven than our current era.