The Healing Station ~ Michael McCarthy ~ Paper Back
‘These poems are at once tender, yet uncompromisingly tough. As stark as bad news, as forgiving as the healing process itself. Unflinching, but with small victories, hope where it ought not to be.’ – Jonathan Tulloch
Michael McCarthy grew up on a farm in West Cork, Ireland. His first poetry collection Bird’s Nests and Other Poems won the Patrick Kavanagh Award. His second collection At The Races won the Poetry Business Competition judged by Michael Longley.
His children’s books have been translated into seventeen languages. He works as a priest in North Yorkshire.
‘I love these poems. My favourites are ‘Her Father’s Daughter’, ‘Recipes’, ‘Home Visit’, ‘Kevin Street’ and ‘Train Driver’. The voice overall has strength and confidence, but what matters most is it’s humanity. The Healing Station is a tribute to the courage and incorrigibility of the common men and women encountered by Michael McCarthy in the course of his residency.
Faced with the ailments of our time – stroke, heart attack, onset of dementia – they never lose their humanity or their humour. Here’s love in the form of laughter – and it’s tonic. With the health workers ever on call I say to both the chronicled and chronicler: ‘Good man. Good man yourself.’ – Gillian Allnutt