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Many of R ord in's poems came out of his struggle with the isolation, guilt and loneliness of life in mid-century Catholic Ireland experienced in Cork, the native locale also of the poet Greg Delanty, translator of Apathy Is Out. R ord in's poems have been translated by many poets, but until now no single writer has translated the majority of the poems. This collection gives a much more unified sense of R ord in's work, catching the poetry's verve, playfulness and range and also 'the music you still hear in Munster, /even in places where it has gone under'. It includes the dark, sorrowful poems R ord in has usually represented with in anthologies but also poems of exuberance and celebration, notably 'Tulyar', one of the funniest satirical critiques of the Irish Church's attitude to sex which matches any similar attack by Patrick Kavanagh or Austin Clarke. Se n R ord in renewed poetry in Irish by writing out of the modernist sense of alienation, fragmentation and identity, but he also saw beyond Modernism's confines to the connective matrix of our world.