Irregularities

William Beattie Smith

This is Bill Smith’s first printed volume of poems. They reflect his belief that the civilising virtues of the humanities are essential to the craft of good governance. Many of them catch a fleeting sensation, emotion or event: a one-off irregularity. The subject matter ranges from dogs to death.

 

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Bill Smith is a public policy analyst and writer from Belfast. During the 30 years of Northern Ireland’s Troubles he worked with the voluntary and community sector to sustain peace through his activities as a social policymaker. In 2011, the US Institute of Peace published his assessment of British policies on the conflict, From Violence to Powersharing.

This is his first printed volume of poems. They reflect his belief that the civilising virtues of the humanities are essential to the craft of good governance. Many of them catch a fleeting sensation, emotion or event: a one-off irregularity. The subject matter ranges from dogs to death.

On dying, Smith writes, “In February 2021 my doctors told me I had acute leukemia: they keep me alive with chemotherapy and blood transfusions, and I am grateful to them for every extra day. This revelation gave a new urgency to my creative work. After decades of writing about the outer world of government, the time had come to explore my inner landscape and talk to the beings who live there.”

Cultural commentator Professor John Wilson Foster offers this tribute to Irregularities: “This album of free verse is an ill man’s testament. And the regrets, the things not done, are part of the ledger though more than offset, it seems to me, by the credit column of humour, irony and above all love, and the implied and modest consciousness of a life that has acquitted itself well under the circumstances.”

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Format: Paperback / Softback

ISBN / EAN: 9781399917223

Published On: 1 March, 2022

Page Count: 72

Publisher: Flying Dog Publications

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