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Second collection of poems by poet based in Amherst, Massachussetts, with strong Irish links

This is the second collection of poems by Peggy O’Brien, the follow-up to 2004’s Sudden Thaw (Lilliput Press), which featured among the Books of the Year in The Irish Times.

“Here are poems of a quiet elegance that examine the natural world in a soft and almost grateful manner. ‘Feather, Rocks and Bones’ is an account of what O’Brien has gathered on her “necessary walks through owl deranged forests”, and it ends with a heart-stopping moment of parental feeling, triggered by the sight of a “foetal feather still albumen glued” to the inside of a shattered egg. O’Brien knows how to invest her poems not just with grace, but with an undercurrent of real power.”—The Sunday Tribune

ISBN 9781906614065 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 87 pp


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Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614065
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 87 pp
  • Published: : 2009

About The Author


Peggy O'Brien is a member of the English Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She formerly taught at Trinity College, Dublin, having lived in Ireland for nearly twenty years. Her first collection of poetry, published on both sides of the Atlantic, was Sudden Thaw (2004). She is the editor of the Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’s Poetry (2002) and the author of Writing Lough Derg (2006). Her daughter and three granddaughters live in Dublin. REVIEW EXCERPT "O'Brien knows how to invest her poems not just with grace, but with an undercurrent of real power." — The Sunday Tribune

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