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Ormsby | Goat's Milk

Goat’s Milk: New and Selected Poems

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Frank Ormsby’s keen eye is trained on numerous subjects: the unheralded country people in Northern Ireland, American soldiers stationed there during World War II, and the rich natural world of Westchester County north of Manhattan. However, these sympathetic poems are not untroubled observations. As Michael Longley notes in his introduction: “From early on something desolate and unsettling shades this poet’s vision, counteracting his warmer compulsions.”

The Troubles of Northern Irish history hover in the margins of many poems, but are not central to the stories the poems have to tell—how life continues in its daily forms no matter what type of fate descends. There are poems of death and birth, love and heartbreak, but the voice behind the poems unites them in the simplicity of his telling. Ormsby’s words are seldom flashy, but glow steadily with both transparency and assuredness.

“Frank Ormsby belongs to that extraordinary generation of Northern Irish poets which includes Ciaran Carson, Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon and Tom Paulin. He is a poet of the truest measure.”
– Michael Longley, from the Introduction

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Reviews

“If humility does not preclude potency, then these poems are modesty’s triumphs, and equanimity’s trumpet-blasts.”
– Killian Quigley, MAKE Magazine

“Reading these new poems and returning to those read decades ago has been a delight because Ormsby is a poet of enviable gifts. He has a fine ear and a sharp eye and, above all, his poems are memorable.”
– David Cooke, The Manchester Review

“Ormsby, like Kavanagh before him, sees the universal in the parochial, and produces carefully honed, unerringly accurate depictions, capturing, as Michael Longley puts it in his introduction to the book, ‘something desolate and unsettling [that] shades this poet’s vision.'”
– Nessa O’Mahony, Poetry Ireland Review

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Product Description

Frank Ormsby’s keen eye is trained on numerous subjects: the unheralded country people in Northern Ireland, American soldiers stationed there during World War II, and the rich natural world of Westchester County north of Manhattan. However, these sympathetic poems are not untroubled observations. As Michael Longley notes in his introduction: “From early on something desolate and unsettling shades this poet’s vision, counteracting his warmer compulsions.”

The Troubles of Northern Irish history hover in the margins of many poems, but are not central to the stories the poems have to tell—how life continues in its daily forms no matter what type of fate descends. There are poems of death and birth, love and heartbreak, but the voice behind the poems unites them in the simplicity of his telling. Ormsby’s words are seldom flashy, but glow steadily with both transparency and assuredness.

“Frank Ormsby belongs to that extraordinary generation of Northern Irish poets which includes Ciaran Carson, Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon and Tom Paulin. He is a poet of the truest measure.”
– Michael Longley, from the Introduction

Kindle version available at Amazon.com
iBook version available on iTunes


Reviews

“If humility does not preclude potency, then these poems are modesty’s triumphs, and equanimity’s trumpet-blasts.”
– Killian Quigley, MAKE Magazine

“Reading these new poems and returning to those read decades ago has been a delight because Ormsby is a poet of enviable gifts. He has a fine ear and a sharp eye and, above all, his poems are memorable.”
– David Cooke, The Manchester Review

“Ormsby, like Kavanagh before him, sees the universal in the parochial, and produces carefully honed, unerringly accurate depictions, capturing, as Michael Longley puts it in his introduction to the book, ‘something desolate and unsettling [that] shades this poet’s vision.'”
– Nessa O’Mahony, Poetry Ireland Review

Additional Information

Publication Date:

2015

Pages:

192

Binding:

Paperback