By Mary O'Donoghue

Among These Winters

Second collection of poems by Boston-based Irish poet, Mary O’Donoghue


Second collection of poems by Boston-based Irish poet, Mary O’Donoghue

“Among These Winters opens with an epigraph from Rilke on the heartbreak of parting, and stays mindful of this theme… There are also poems that send you scurrying to the OED—only to be astonished by her gift for the perfect and surprising word. O’Donoghue takes a polymath’s delight in language that calls to mind Mahon, Muldoon and, especially, Auden, as she imaginatively claims the idioms of medicine, geology, myth, and science as her own—as in the chilling ‘Dauernarkose’ that uses mathematical terms to pity the “cure” of a schizophrenic woman. Yet a striking good humor suffuses the collection, and nowhere more so than in poems like ‘The Stylist’ and ‘Leading the Apes in Hell’, where she displays that distinctly Irish gift of setting out a comic proposition and letting it run its antic course.”
— James Silas Rogers, Editor, New Hibernia Review

ISBN 9781904556701 Paperback
140 x 216 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781904556701 Paperback
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: :
  • Published: : 2007

About The Author


MARY O’DONOGHUE (b. 1975) grew up in County Clare. She lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. O’Donoghue’s short fiction has appeared in Granta, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Irish Times, Stinging Fly, Banshee, Dublin Review, and elsewhere. Mary O’Donoghue’s novel Before the House Burns was published by Lilliput Press in 2010. Her poetry collection Among These Winters was published by Dedalus Press in 2007. Her poems have appeared in several Dedalus Press anthologies: Wingspan (2006), The Bee-Loud Glade (2009), Shine On (2011), The Deep Heart’s Core (2017) and The Word Ark: A Pocket Book of Animal Poems (2020). O’Donoghue is also a translator of Irish-language poetry, and her translations of the work of Seán Ó Ríordáin, Colm Breathnach, and Louis de Paor have appeared widely, including in Leabhar na hAthghabhála: Poems of Repossession (Bloodaxe, 2017). Her awards and recognition include longlisting for the Sunday Times/EFG Short Story Award in 2015, two Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowships, residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts and an Irish Times prize for short fiction responding to economic crisis. Mary O’Donoghue is Professor of English in the Arts and Humanities division of Babson College, Massachusetts. She is Fiction Editor at the journal AGNI.