Conamara Blues by John O'Donohue

By John O'Donohue

During this new choice of poetry, John O'Donohue explores the average and emotional panorama of his local Conamara County, revealing a pastoral imaginative and prescient that's either own and common, mystical and of this global. O'Donohue's instinctive know-how of the contrasts of his land -- its areas of sunshine and darkness, its routine and its stillness -- is magically dropped at existence in his richly lyrical but deceptively obvious language.Translating the sweetness and attractiveness of Conamara right into a language exquisitely attuned to the sweetness of the standard, O'Donohue takes us on a relocating trip via actual and imagined worlds. Divided into 3 elements -- Approachings, Encounters, and Distances -- Conamara Blues straight away reawakens a feeling of intimacy with the wildlife and a sense of ask yourself on the secret of our dating to this international. no matter if exploring the silent, everlasting reminiscence of Conamara or concentrating on the ability of language and the vagaries of human desire and fervour, O'Donohue tenderly finds the delicate vulnerability of affection andfriendship. the result's a musical, transcendent, and deeply relocating sequence of poems that exemplifies O'Donohue at his finest.Written with penetrating perception and distilled transparence, Conamara Blues deals a novel and lasting imaginitive imaginative and prescient of a panorama of desire and probability -- powerfully showing the mastery of a poet on the top of his lyric powers.

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Memory comes home, Bright as a dead tree drawn to blossom by the moon. 48 The Descent of the Holy Spirit Somewhere in our clay remembers the speed of cold, Overtaking the surge of colours with grey breath, And the shudder of fields, as they smother beneath The white infinity of ice paralysing the world. How swiftly fear touches this relic-cold in the bone. After his second going, they hide from the crowd. Then, like manna from a red wind, a tongue of flame swirls Into each mind huddled there in the fear-filled room.

Two old people wait in the temple shadows Where stone and air are hoarsened with prayer For some door to open in their hunger; Sometimes children laugh at her twitching nose. Worn to a thread the old man’s rope of days, Spent unravelling in this empty torment, Has wizened his silence to words of flint. When he glimpses the child, his lost voice flares. His words lodge in the young mother’s thought That a sword of sorrow will pierce her heart. 40 The Finding in the Temple Oblique to the heart, the word a man seeks Seldom comes to life in a tongue of flame From the grate of silence where anger dreams And stutters in embers thought cannot reach.

49ç The Assumption Perhaps time is the keeper of distance and loss, Knowing that we are but able for a little at a time. And the innocence of fragments is wise with us, Keeps us from order that is not native to our dust. Yet, without warning, a life can suddenly chance On its hidden rhythm, find a flow it never knew. Where the heart was blind, subtle worlds rise into view; Where the mind was forced, crippled thought begins to dance. As if this day found for her everything she lost. Her breath infused with harvest she never expected From the unlived lives she had only touched in dream; Her mind rests; memory glows in a stairs of twilight.

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