Enunciating carefully to keep his readers on track around the variation of an Irish way of speech, Deane noted that he expects poetry to change people's thinking, and gave generous descriptions of landscape, custom, and language. With his wife in the audience, he also delivered a love poem, "Late October Evening," which could have been spoken from a Vermont landscape too, and which concludes:
You and I drew closer still
in the fire’s glow, grateful this far
for love and friendship, while the low hill
melded with the dark and a perfect star
swung on its shoulder. When I turned back,
near sleep, to hold you, I could pray
our dead content again under black
sails, the tide brimming, then falling away.
Deane writes fiction and essays as well as his poems, and is a leader in Irish and European poetry organizations. His web site is well worth exploring: www.johnfdeane.com.