One of my favorite poets accessible lyrics with earthy metaphors for you John O Donoghue fans check out the Speaking of Faith website There is a wonderful interview with with him there and you can also download a few of his poems being read by John himself which, as far as I can tell, a rarity. Lyrical and pastoral, these poems move by with a sort of languid beauty and blend into a long meditation with some gorgeous images It s a quiet book, filled with glimpses of Ireland, mysticism, and transcendental visions, but well worth wandering through for the interested reader. A friend gave this to me abt six weeks ago and I have been carrying it all over Ireland ever since.So beautiful Each poem sings to me Here s a very short one, Fluent that I read while having bacon and cabbage at Lincoln s Inn in Dublin, earlier today the waitress stopped to chat with me when she noticed that I was reading poetry I would love to liveLike a river flows,Carried by the surpriseOf its own unfolding. I m not big on poetry in general soft filaments and threads of words shifting in the wind It s not quite for me And this conforms to exactly how I see poetry plus an added spiritual aspect and rewriting of Christ s life I did enjoy the first poem on the slow process of ideas forming from half memories and conceptual glimpses. Loved these poems Here is one FluentI would love to liveLike a river flows,Carried by surpriseOf its own unfolding Wouldn t we all Brevity and nature themes remind me of Mary Oliver. Translating The Beauty And Splendor Of His Native Conamara Into A Language Exquisitely Attuned To The Wonder Of The Everyday, John O Donohue Takes Us On A Moving Journey Through Real And Imagined Worlds Divided Into Three Parts Approachings, Encounters, And Distances Conamara Blues At Once Reawakens A Sense Of Intimacy With The Natural World And A Feeling Of Wonder At The Mystery Of Our Relationship To This World Whether Exploring The Silent, Eternal Memory Of Conamara Or Focusing On The Power Of Language And The Vagaries Of Human Need And Passion, O Donohue Tenderly Reveals The Fragile Vulnerability Of Love And Friendship The Result Is A Musical, Transcendent, And Deeply Moving Series Of Poems That Exemplifies O Donohue At His FinestWritten With Penetrating Insight And Distilled Transparence, Conamara Blues Offers A Singular And Lasting Imaginative Vision Of A Landscape Of Hope And Possibility Powerfully Exhibiting The Mastery Of A Poet At The Height Of His Lyric Powers John O Donohue s second book of 82 poems follows the same format as his first, Echoes of Memory , this one having three sections, each introduced by poetic or philosophic thoughts authored by others Approachings and Distances artistically explore a variety of elemental life themes, while Encounters focuses on the full spectrum of Christ s life from annunciation to coronation A beautifully expressed journey for the spirit, there is much here for contemplative reflection The Nativity was one of many that spoke deeply to me as it exquisitely captures the life giving intimacy of pregnancy and birth And, of course, Fluent I would love to liveLike a river flows,Carried by the surpriseOf its own unfolding I Would recommend this one for poetry fans to experience the beauty of John s use of language.. John O Donohue, the late Irish poet, is a current favorite of mine As with any poetry collection, there may be just a few that make a particularly meaningful connection, but the ones that do will ring your bell Intimate, wondrous, and tender Actual rating 3.5 The poetry was beautiful, but not very accessible without really working to picture all the images in the mind s eye Beautiful writing, to be sure, and a great collection of O Donohue s poems, but I perhaps wasn t in the right place in life to be reading them.
John O Donohue, Ph.D., was born in County Clare in 1956 He spoke Irish as his native language and lived in a remote cottage in the west of Ireland until his untimely death in January 2008 A highly respected poet and philosopher, he lectured throughout Europe and America and wrote a number of popular books, including Anam Cara and To Bless the Space Between Us.
- 96 pages
- Conamara Blues
- John O'Donohue
- 10 September 2018 John O'Donohue