"A to B" began as a poem about a journey: it became a journey in itself, a collection that travels through emotions and places, unfolding to the rhythms of discovery and memory. Places and people reveal their secrets; fragile bonds of love link past to present. In the book's first part, an elusive pattern is glimpsed in fragments: a plane climbs into a clear evening sky, the year turns to spring, a father's voice is remembered after his death. The second part is marked by meticulous observation. A man watches daylight creep across a room. And the concluding section celebrates a quality of silence in which imagination grows. Gerry McGrath extends our understanding of what it is to travel through the world.
Gerry McGrath was born in Helensburgh, near Glasgow, in 1962. He now lives in Paisley with his wife, Kate, and young son, Liam. He worked as a teacher of modern languages for seven years until 2000. His poems have appeared in Edinburgh Review, Being Alive, in Painted, Spoken and in PN Review, and a selection were published in Carcanet's New Poetries IV: An Anthology (2007). A to B is his first collection.