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The title poem in Mark Granier’s third collection, Fade Street, is based on a photograph taken in Dublin in 1878. Positioning itself behind the camera, it sets the photographer’s obsession, to compose and preserve, against the moment, whose vanishing act is part of its vitality. Like photographs, many of these sensual, often short poems work with concentrated imagery and effects of light and shade. The intention is that they be appreciated, like memorable photographs or songs thrown out on the dark, without any ‘irritable reaching after fact and reason’ or effort beyond the turning of a page.
‘In Mark Granier's new book, Fade Street, he continues to demonstrate the artist’s eye for the nuances of light that made his earlier work so luminously successful. A determined craftsman, he nevertheless collects the delicate and fleeting moment as surely as history’s long views. He shows the development of a true poet with the promise of more wonders to come; his is a talent to enjoy now and keep watching.’ —Ian Duhig
‘Mark Granier is interested in more subtle effects: he has worked as a photographer as well as a writer and these interests coincide in Fade Street, whose title poem reflects on a Victorian photograph.’ —John McAullife, The Irish Times