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Conamara Blues Translating the beauty and splendor of his native Conamara into a language exuisitely attuned to the wonder of the everyday John O'Donohue takes us on a moving journey through real and imagined worlds Divided into three parts Approachings Encounters and Distances Conamara Blues at once reawakens a sense of intimacy with the natural world and a feeling of wonder at the mystery of our relationship to this world Whether exploring the silent eternal memory of Conamara or focusing on the power of language and the vagaries of human need and passion O'Donohue tenderly reveals the fragile vulnerability of love and friendship The result is a musical transcendent and deeply moving series of poems that exemplifies O'Donohue at his finestWritten with penetrating insight and distilled transparence Conamara Blues offers a singular and lasting imaginative vision of a landscape of hope and possibility powerfully exhibiting the mastery of a poet at the height of his lyric powers


10 thoughts on “Conamara Blues

  1. says:

    I had actually ordered the play adaptation of Terry Pratchett's novel Nation but this came through my letterbox instead I thought I'd give it a read anyway since they didn't want me to return it and I'm trying to read as much poetry as I possibly can You say Now that theyHave called our names backThe mountains canNever forget us Mountain ChristeningThere were a couple


  2. says:

    One of my favorite poets accessible lyrics with earthy metaphors for you John O'Donoghue fans check out the Speaking of Faith website There is a wonderful interview with with him there and you can also download a few of his poems being read by John himself which as far as I can tell a rarity


  3. says:

    A friend gave this to me abt six weeks ago and I have been carrying it all over Ireland ever sinceSo beautiful Each poem sings to me Here's a very short one Fluent that I read while having bacon and cabbage at Lincoln's Inn in Dublin earlier today the waitress stopped to chat with me when she noticed that I was reading poetryI would love to liveLike a river flowsCarried


  4. says:

    I'm not big on poetry in general; soft filaments and threads of words shifting in the wind It's not uite for me And this conforms to exactly how I see poetry; plus an added spiritual aspect and rewriting of Christ's life I did enjoy the first poem on the slow process of ideas forming from half memories and conceptual glimpses


  5. says:

    Of course anything John O'Donohue touched is like gold to meUnknown to us there are momentsWhen crevices we cannot see openFor time to come alive with beginningThese inklings were first prescribedThe morning we met in WestportAnd I left with such sweet timeWondering if between us somethingWas deciding to begin or not


  6. says:

    Lyrical and pastoral these poems move by with a sort of languid beauty and blend into a long meditation with some gorgeous images It's a uiet book filled with glimpses of Ireland mysticism and transcendental visions but well worth wandering through for the interested reader


  7. says:

    A book of poems rooted in the Irish landscape and one section entitled the Rosary Sonnets I think Thought work was my favorite along with First Words A great many deal with the darkness and the light contrasts


  8. says:

    Loved these poems Here is one “FluentI would love to liveLike a river flowsCarried by surpriseOf its own unfolding”Wouldn’t we all?


  9. says:

    Brevity and nature themes remind me of Mary Oliver


  10. says:

    Lovely as usual I read this in an off and on fashion


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