At the heart of Theo Dorgan’s 2014 collection is a sequence of elegies that reflect on early and recent deaths, from the loss of his infant sister to that of a contemporary by suicide. These are poems from a broken world.
The book is unflinching in facing up to death and the poet’s own mortality, but these dark meditations are framed by, subsumed into, whole-hearted celebrations of love, life, art and voyaging.
“While Nine Bright Shiners contains many elegies then, it also contains some of the most moving and beautiful love poems written by any poet writing in English over the last few decades.”
— Philip Coleman, Dublin Review of Books
ISBN 978 1 906614 98 0 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 144 pp