The Essential Gabriel Fitzmaurice


A collection of the best works of one of Ireland's living poets, well known for his penetrating observations, his humor, simplicity and the pure beauty of his work.

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A collection of the best works of one of Ireland's living poets, well known for his penetrating observations, his humor, simplicity and the pure beauty of his work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856355926
  • Publisher: Mercier Press, Limited, The
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 11

Preface 13

Introduction Fintan O'Toole O'Toole, Fintan 17

From Rainsong (1984)

Portaireacht Bheil 27

Derelicts 28

Stale Porter 30

Reading Kinsella in the Brasserie 31

Garden 33

From Road to the Horizon (1987)

A Game of Forty-one 34

Parting 37

Stripping a Chair 38

The Hurt Bird 40

The Poet's Garden 47

From Dancing Through (1990)

In the Midst of Possibility 48

Getting to Know You 49

From The Village Sings (1996)

Galvin and Vicars 51

The Village Hall 53

At the Ball Game 55

Fireplace 56

Mary 57

'I Thirst' 58

Good Friday 60

In Memoriam Danny Cunningham 1912-1995 61

May Dalton 62

From A Wrenboy's Carnival (2000)

Sonnet to Brenda 63

Gaeltacht 64

Dan Breen 65

Knocklong 66

A Parent's Love 68

Listening to Desperados Waiting for a Train 70

Ode to a Pint of Guinness 71

The Woman of the House 73

Dad 77

In Memory of my Mother 78

So what if there's no Happy Ending? 79

Requiescat 80

In the Woods 82

From I and the Village (2002)

To my D-28 83

The Diseart 85

Country Life 87

On Declining a Commission 88

Scorn not the Ballad 89

Alzheimer's Disease 90

Lassie 91

Knockanure Church 92

From Poems from the Irish (2004)

The Yellow Bittern 94

Cill Aodain 96

Donall Og 97

The Bog-deal Board 100

Brown Eyes 102

A Change 104

Christmas Eve 105

Vietnam Love Song 106

Captivity 108

The Purge 109

Here at Caiseal na gCorr Station 125

A Braddy Cow 127

To Jack Kerouac 129

My Blackhaired Love 132

From The Boghole Boys (2005)

The Celebrant's a Critic 133

The Ballad of Rudi Doody 134

Mairg Nach Fuil'na Dhubhthuata 137

A Local Murder 138

The Day Christ Came to Moyvane139

Before the Word 'Fuck' Came to Common Use 140

The Mission Magazines 142

On Hearing Johnny Cash's American Recordings 143

His Last Pint 144

The Mother 145

Munster Football Final 1924 146

A Footballer 147

Poem for Nessa, Five Years Old 148

Poem for John 149

A Widower 150

Home 151

The Fitzs Come to Town 152

For the Fitzmaurices of Glenalappa 153

From Twenty-one Sonnets (2007)

On First Meeting the Marquess of Lansdowne 156

True Love 157

Homage to Thomas MacGreevy 158

A Middle Aged Orpheus Looks back at his Life 159

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