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 was born in 1975 and grew up in Co. Clare. Her first poetry collection Tulle was published in 2001, and her poems have appeared widely in Irish and international journals and anthologies, including The New Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2004). She has also collaborated with Louis de Paor on translations of his poetry. Her short stories have been published in The Dublin Review, The Recorder, AGNI, Literary Imagination, and elsewhere. Her awards include Hennessy/Sunday Tribune New Irish Writer and writer’s fellowships from Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2006 and 2012. She is an associate professor of English at Babson College, Massachusetts, and she lives in Boston. She has also published a novel, Before the House Burns, with the Lilliput Press in 2010.