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Wake Forest
University Press

Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

The Darkness of Snow

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Frank Ormsby’s poetry is deep but never sententious, exhibits great technique but never flaunts it, is of the moment but never trendy. In his most recent volume, The Darkness of Snow, we see memories of his youth in Fermanagh as well as poems of adult years in Belfast, reflecting on the aftermath of the Troubles and the city’s restoration while commemorating a life lived in poetry. This collection also includes a sequence that meditates on the art of Irish painters, followed by a series of Parkinson’s Poems. Finally, we encounter poems on the atrocities of a village called “The Willow Forest,” told by one of the interpreters who understands the difficulties of bearing witness. As the title suggests, this volume is both luminous and dark.


Reviews

“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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Available now for pre-order

Frank Ormsby’s poetry is deep but never sententious, exhibits great technique but never flaunts it, is of the moment but never trendy. In his most recent volume, The Darkness of Snow, we see memories of his youth in Fermanagh as well as poems of adult years in Belfast, reflecting on the aftermath of the Troubles and the city’s restoration while commemorating a life lived in poetry. This collection also includes a sequence that meditates on the art of Irish painters, followed by a series of Parkinson’s Poems. Finally, we encounter poems on the atrocities of a village called “The Willow Forest,” told by one of the interpreters who understands the difficulties of bearing witness. As the title suggests, this volume is both luminous and dark.


Reviews

“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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