Conamara Blues [NOOK Book]

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Translating the beauty and splendor of his native Conamara into a language exquisitely attuned to the wonder of the everyday, John O'Donohue takes us on a moving journey through real and imagined worlds. Divided into three parts -- Approachings, Encounters, and Distances -- Conamara Blues at once reawakens a sense of intimacy with the natural world and a feeling of wonder at the mystery of our relationship to this world. Whether exploring the silent, eternal memory of Conamara or focusing on the power of language...

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Overview

Translating the beauty and splendor of his native Conamara into a language exquisitely attuned to the wonder of the everyday, John O'Donohue takes us on a moving journey through real and imagined worlds. Divided into three parts -- Approachings, Encounters, and Distances -- Conamara Blues at once reawakens a sense of intimacy with the natural world and a feeling of wonder at the mystery of our relationship to this world. Whether exploring the silent, eternal memory of Conamara or focusing on the power of language and the vagaries of human need and passion, O'Donohue tenderly reveals the fragile vulnerability of love and friendship. The result is a musical, transcendent, and deeply moving series of poems that exemplifies O'Donohue at his finest.

Written with penetrating insight and distilled transparence, Conamara Blues offers a singular and lasting imaginative vision of a landscape of hope and possibility -- powerfully exhibiting the mastery of a poet at the height of his lyric powers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061935763
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 417,992
  • File size: 282 KB

Meet the Author

John O'Donohue was awarded a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from the University of Tübingen in 1990. He is the author of several works, including a book on the philosophy of Hegel, Person als Vermittlung; two collections of poetry, Echoes of Memory and Conamara Blues; and two international bestsellers, Anam Cara and Eternal Echoes. He lectures and holds workshops in Europe and America, and is currently researching a book on the philosophical mysticism of Meister Eckhart. He lives in Ireland.

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Conamara Blues

Thought-Work

In memory of Joe Pilkington

Off course from the frail music sought by words

And the path that always claims the journey,

In the pursuit of a more oblique rhythm,

Creating mostly its own geography,

The mind is an old crow

Who knows only to gather dead twigs,

Then take them back to the vacancy

Between the branches of the parent tree

And entwine them around the emptiness

With silence and unfailing patience

Until what was fallen, withered and lost

Is now set to fill with dreams as a nest.



Conamara Blues. Copyright © by John O'Donohue. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

Thought-Work 13
First Words 14
Nest 15
Black Music in Conamara 16
The Wound at the Side of the House 18
Before the Beginning 20
The Banshee's Grotto 22
Wind Artist 24
Elemental 25
The Pleading 26
The Secret of Thereness 27
Breakage 28
Inner Circle 29
Fluent 30
The Stillness Above is Listening 31
Mountain Christening 32
The Night Underneath 34
Decorum 36
Imagined Origins 37
An Paidrin 40
The Rosary 41
The Annunciation 45
The Visitation 46
The Nativity 47
The Presentation in the Temple 48
The Finding in the Temple 49
The Agony in the Garden 53
The Scourging at the Pillar 54
The Crowning with Thorns 55
The Carrying of the Cross 56
The Crucifixion 57
The Resurrection 61
The Ascension 62
The Descent of the Holy Spirit 63
The Assumption 64
The Coronation 65
Words 69
Wings 70
The Transparent Border 72
The Angel of the Bog 73
Placenta 74
Mountain-Looking 76
Seduced? 78
At the Edge 80
Up the Mountain 81
Prisons of Voice 82
The Ocean Wind 83
Outside a Cottage 84
Breakage 86
Double Exposure 87
Elemental 88
The Night 89
Anchor 90
A Burren Prayer 91
Author's Notes 93
Index of First Lines 95
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