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Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

The Rain Barrel

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Frank Ormsby‘s enchanting new volume, The Rain Barrel, allows us to see with eyes “still wet from the Creation.” He is a “local fire-god with a tongue of flowers.” His sense of the folkloric and country life in general is self-assured and true, but he also writes with flair and insight on such subjects as art and artists. He has mastered the haiku, the erotic poem, and, throughout his storied career, the wistful but unsentimental elegy: “The whole season has come to this: / a holding on so that the letting go / might seem to us like chance.” The title sequence ties these themes together in a meditation on the object, its uses and symbols, as he reflects on how like the barrel we are, fulfilling our roles as we deteriorate beyond repair.


Praise for Frank Ormsby:

“For nearly half a century, Frank Ormsby … has been crafting consciously modest, low-to-the-ground poetry—deceptively simple poetry, made of the humblest, most elemental materials.” –Liz Rosenburg, The Hollins Critic

“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…” –Nessa O’Mahony, Poetry Ireland Review

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Available for pre-order

Frank Ormsby‘s enchanting new volume, The Rain Barrel, allows us to see with eyes “still wet from the Creation.” He is a “local fire-god with a tongue of flowers.” His sense of the folkloric and country life in general is self-assured and true, but he also writes with flair and insight on such subjects as art and artists. He has mastered the haiku, the erotic poem, and, throughout his storied career, the wistful but unsentimental elegy: “The whole season has come to this: / a holding on so that the letting go / might seem to us like chance.” The title sequence ties these themes together in a meditation on the object, its uses and symbols, as he reflects on how like the barrel we are, fulfilling our roles as we deteriorate beyond repair.


Praise for Frank Ormsby:

“For nearly half a century, Frank Ormsby … has been crafting consciously modest, low-to-the-ground poetry—deceptively simple poetry, made of the humblest, most elemental materials.” –Liz Rosenburg, The Hollins Critic

“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…” –Nessa O’Mahony, Poetry Ireland Review

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