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Looking for Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage by Laura Treacy Bentley.

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The poems and photos in this splendid collection were created by the author in West Virginia, Western Maryland and Ireland. The author sees both a genetic (her grandfather immigrated from Ireland) and a geological connection between the continents. She was born in Maryland, raised in Huntington, West Virginia, and is a graduate of Marshall University. “[T]hese brief, compelling, poems . . . reveal fresh landscapes of thought and feeling. In our rushed and muddled world, Bentley’s meditative poems are like breathing spaces – elegant, clarifying, assured.” - Julia Keller. “The imagery of the poems is married to stunning photographs forming a perfect balance . . . This is a work of art that achieves what the poet/photographer strives for, ‘to capture wild beauty, before it takes flight.’” – Tony O’Dwyer.

Charleston, West Virginia: Mountain State Press, 2017. 48 pages with a Glossary of Photos and a plethora of full-page color photos. Oversized paperback