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Wake Forest University Press

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Wake: Up to Poetry

"The act of poetry is a rebel act."

Introducing: Goat’s Milk by Frank Ormsby

In his introduction, Michael Longley states, “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.”

In “Helen,” Ormsby brings to life the poetic marriage between the national war and a more personal moment.


(b. 12 August 1994)

The war will soon be over, or so they say.
Five floors below the Friday rush-hour starts.
You’re out and breathing. We smile to hear you cry.
Your long fingers curl around our hearts.

The place knows nothing of you and is home.
Indifferent skies look on while August warms
the middle air. We wrap you in your name.
Peace is the way you settle in our arms.

Frank Ormsby, Goat’s Milk (2015) 

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