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Fireflies

Frank Ormsby

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RRP: GBP 9.95
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ISBN: 978 1 847778 46 8
Categories: 21st Century, Irish
Imprint: OxfordPoets
Published: August 2011
80 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), Paperback, eBook (PDF)
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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. 
    Contents


    PART ONE
    Fireflies
    One Looks at One
    The Kensico Dam
    At the Lazy Boy Saloon and Ale Bar
    Valhalla Journal
    Next Stop
    Cemetery Walks
    In Kensico Cemetery
    After the Storm
    Immigrants
    Stormy Night, Route 87
    Dry Side or Wet Side?
    Davis Brook
    Washington’s Headquarters
    What Will Survive
    New World
    Two Birthday Poems
    Some Older American Poets
    On Not Hearing the American Nightjar
    Catching Fireflies
    Fireflies in a Belfast Garden
    After the Japanese
    Firefly Hour
    The Celtic Firefly

    PART TWO
    The Aluminium Box
    Silent Reading
    The Rabbit
    Smiling Foetus
    The Hole in the Roof
    Blackbirds, North Circular Road
    from City Journal
    Aubade
    The Ice-Bird
    The Shirt Factory
    Derelict Building, Limestone Road
    Storm, North Circular Road, 2 a.m.
    The Three Czechs
    Small World
    Leaving Minnesota
    Colin Middleton, ‘Lagan, Annadale’ (1941)
    The Telescope
    The Statues
    The Gate
    Avigliana
    Some Spring Moons, North Circular Road
    The Whooper Swan
    The Builder

    Frank Ormsby was born in 1947 in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. He describes himself as by nature an 'anxious optimist'. His work draws on his rural upbringing in Co Fermanagh but increasingly reflects a sense of Belfast where has lived since 1998. He is a graduate and postgraduate of Queen's University, Belfast ... read more
    Awards won by Frank Ormsby Winner, 2010 Morning Star Favourite Collection (Fireflies)
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