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Celebrated Irish poet Mary O’Malley’s latest collection explores the boundaries and conflicts that divide humanity, from the legal separation of Northern and Southern Ireland to the heartbreaking detachment of husband and wife. Also examined is the complex nature of “home”—what it is, where it is, and what happens when one cannot return. Both personal and political, this volume ultimately reveals harsh truths about life, love, and the chaos therein.

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Overview

Celebrated Irish poet Mary O’Malley’s latest collection explores the boundaries and conflicts that divide humanity, from the legal separation of Northern and Southern Ireland to the heartbreaking detachment of husband and wife. Also examined is the complex nature of “home”—what it is, where it is, and what happens when one cannot return. Both personal and political, this volume ultimately reveals harsh truths about life, love, and the chaos therein.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Her work is an inspiration to me, and I am delighted to see this addition to her oeuvre."  —Katie Donovan, author, on The Boning Hall
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857548396
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary O'Malley has taught writing in prisons, schools, and universities, and edited two books of children's writing. Her previous collections of poetry include Asylum Road, The Boning Hall, A Consideration of Silk, A Knife in the Wave, and Where the Rocks Float.

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Table of Contents

Silence 9
My house is not for sale 10
The heart 11
The time when I was not 12
The miracle of the cherry tree 14
Separation 15
December 2004 16
On Friars' Hill 17
The psychoanalysis of fire 19
Differences 20
The Shannon stopover 21
Riddle 24
St. John's eve 25
Madonna drowning 26
Men 27
James Joyce impersonates Pessoa 28
Chinese whispers 29
Communion at the Gate Theatre 30
Ixion stopped 31
The well below the valley 32
The De Danann tapestries 33
The change 34
Suicide 35
Felix Redivivus 36
Whiteout at five a.m 37
Arrival in Paris 38
Libra 39
On Rue des Irlandais 40
The Jack of hearts 41
First confession 42
Paris nocturne 44
The news from Titan 45
Cocteau in Antibes 46
Sunday morning at Le Baron Rouge 47
Orison, St. Gervais 48
Birthday poem 2003 49
Blue willow 50
Holding Rosa 51
Rescue 52
Surfing 53
Aillbrack Georgics 54
Gardening 55
Lynch 56
The road to Brightcity 59
Untitled 60
Poem of the sky 61
Love - an explanation 62
Revision 63
An explanation 64
The facts 65
The comb 66
Dublinia 67
Windfall 68
Calypso 69
The portrait 70
Flight 71
At Erin's dig 72
A stone carver reads Rilke 73
At Slyne head 74
The black melodeon 77
Hawk 78
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