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Categories: 21st Century, Irish
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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The beers of America find their local here,
the Dixie Crimson Voodoo, the Winter Hook,
the Magic Hat Fat Angel. Whole seasons have arrived
in brown bottles from Oregon and Vermont,
Wisconsin and Colorado, to be enjoyed
outdoors while the light holds or at lamplit tables.
from 'At the Lazy Boy Saloon and Ale Bar'
Frank Ormsby's new collection travels among places strange and familiar: from the shaping memories of an upbringing in rural County Fermanagh, to a Belfast reinventing itself in a new century and the exhilarating novelty of America.
In the first part of Fireflies Ormsby explores the past and vibrant present of an area of New York State which he has visited for the past twelve years. It remains to him as elusive as the 'fugitive selves' of the fireflies of the title. The latter part of the book engages with the poet's experience of his native Northern Ireland - the sour legacy of the Troubles, the dynamics of a community extending and remaking itself.
Ormsby says he is by nature an 'anxious optimist', and these precisely lyrical poems are by turns elegiac and celebratory.
One Looks at One
The Kensico Dam
At the Lazy Boy Saloon and Ale Bar
In Kensico Cemetery
After the Storm
Stormy Night, Route 87
Dry Side or Wet Side?
What Will Survive
Two Birthday Poems
Some Older American Poets
On Not Hearing the American Nightjar
Fireflies in a Belfast Garden
After the Japanese
The Celtic Firefly
The Aluminium Box
The Hole in the Roof
Blackbirds, North Circular Road
from City Journal
The Shirt Factory
Derelict Building, Limestone Road
Storm, North Circular Road, 2 a.m.
The Three Czechs
Colin Middleton, ‘Lagan, Annadale’ (1941)
Some Spring Moons, North Circular Road
The Whooper Swan
Awards won by Frank Ormsby Winner, 2010 Morning Star Favourite Collection (Fireflies)
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