A Quarter of an Hour

A Quarter of an Hour

by Leanne O'Sullivan


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In 2013, Leanne O'Sullivan's husband Andrew suffered a severe infection in his brain. He spent just over three weeks in a coma, during which time his temperature soared to 42 degrees. When he finally woke it immediately became clear that his memory had been almost completely destroyed; he didn't even know his wife. More present and visual to him were the birds and wild animals that he believed he could see during his recovery: foxes, wildcats and herons - animals that seemed to be guiding him back. This became the starting point for poems that deal not simply with personal memory and recovery, but also the ways in which, collectively, even globally, we are trying (or not) to save entire species of plants and animals that we are now actually losing because of human activity. Nature has a voice that can speak back. This is a collection that celebrates the earth's intoxicating wildness as well as the richness and preciousness of human experience. Overall, we can rejoice in the fact that we're here, whatever the challenges. Winner of the inaugural Farmgate Café National Poetry Award 2019. Shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2019 and for the Pigott Poetry Prize 2019 in association with Listowel Writers' Week.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780372228
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
Publication date: 02/22/2018
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Leanne O'Sullivan was born in 1983, and comes from the Beara peninsula in West Cork. She received an MA in English in 2006 from University College, Cork, where she now teaches. The winner of several of Ireland's poetry competitions in her early 20s (including the Seacat, Davoren Hanna and RTE Rattlebag Poetry Slam), she has published four collections, all from Bloodaxe, Waiting for My Clothes (2004), Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009), winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2010, The Mining Road (2013) and A Quarter of an Hour (2018), winner of the inaugural Farmgate Café National Poetry Award 2019. A Quarter of an Hour was also shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2019 and the Pigott Poetry Prize 2019. She was given the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award in 2009 and the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry in 2011, and received a UCC Alumni Award in 2012. Her work has been included in various anthologies, including Selina Guinness's The New Irish Poets (Bloodaxe Books, 2004) and Billy Collins's Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Random House, 2003). Residencies and festival readings have taken her to France, India, China and America, amongst other locations.

Table of Contents


The Cailleach to the Hero 12

The Fox 14

Lightning 16

The Watchman 17

Autumn 18

Tracheotomy 19

A Nativity 20

The Kitchen Maid 22

Lord 23

Prayer 24

Leaving Early 25

The Cailleach to the Widow 26

Oracle 27

The Lark Ascending 28

Waking 29

His Vision 30


The Cailleach to the Widow 32

Love, where are we now?… 33

Eumnestes 34

Morning Poem 36

When Words 37

The Garden 38

Labhraidh Loingseach 42

Mes Aynak 43

Dream 44

Ghost 45

David Copperfield 47

Meteor Shower 48

Thunder 50

Oisin 51

Anamnestes 52

Fox 54

The Cailleach to the Widow 55

Elegy for the Arctic 56

Note 57


The Cailleach to the Hero 61

Notes 63

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