A Woeful Tale
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Derrick Cranpole discovered poetry during his time at sea, which took him from the Arctic to the Southern Ocean and from the Americas to the Red Sea. Remembering bits of verse helped pass the long watches of the night. Back in the early sixties, Cranpole found himself on the deck of a lobster boat. Despite many ups and downs, he stayed at the fishing and he loved every day of it.
Now, he brings together a collection of his own poems and illustrations, recording his observations of life in a fishing community on the south coast of Ireland. Many of his poems have previously appeared in publications such as The Marine Times, Fishing News, Irish Skipper, Inshore Ireland and some have been aired on radio!
Cranpole's poetry has been described as "ironic, sometimes blunt" particularly when shining the light on an infuriating bureaucracy and officialdom that presides over the EU's Common Fisheries Policy. He deals with every day problems (at sea and on land) of seafarers, fishermen, residents of coastal communities. His manner is forthright but always in a humorous vein. He never flinches from championing the cause of the underdog.
Some have even detected 'a touch of the Kiplings' in his light-hearted poems and sketches.