The Ship of Birth records a father's responses in the days immediately before and after a child is born. Just as material significant to the dead is placed in a Ship of Death, so this Ship of Birth contains what is significant to the child: the parents' wonder and trepidation, the nature of the soul, the child's future growth. The poems draw on a rich inheritance from the worlds that Delanty moves among: Ireland and America, Gaelic and English, traditional verse forms and modern colloquial, to evoke the subtle interconnections of past, and future, people and places. Greg Delanty acknowledges the dark and difficult world that the child is entering, while affirming the sustaining continuity of life.
GREG DELANTY was born in Cork, Ireland in 1958, and now lives for most of the year in America, where he teaches at St Michael's College, Vermont. He has received numerous awards, including the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Allan Dowling Poetry Fellowship, and the Austin Clarke Centenary Poetry Award. In 1999 he was a prizewinner in the National Poetry Competition. He has received an Irish Arts Council bursary, and has been widely anthologised.