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Echoes Of Memory - John O'Donohue

Paperback Published: 1st January 2009
ISBN: 9781848270749
Number Of Pages: 140

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In this powerful, evocative collection, master storyteller John O'Donohue explores themes of love and loss, beginnings and endings.

Inspired by the ancient wisdom of the Celtic tradition and the rugged, majestic landscape of his birth, the west of Ireland, here he also creates a unique vision of a place and a time, and the echo of a memory that will never fade.

About the Author

John O'Donohue, Ph.D., was born in County Clare in 1956. He spoke Gaelic as his native language and lived in a remote cottage in the west of Ireland until his untimely death in January 2008. A highly respected poet and philosopher, he lectured in Europe and America and wrote a number of international bestsellers: Anam Cara, Eternal Echoes, Divine Beauty and Benedictus, which he completed shortly before he died. He also wrote two collections of poetry, Conamara Blues and Echoes of Memory, his first published work.

"His taut concise pieces use words and syntax with the sort of freedom that comes after mastery" Books Ireland "In these poems, the west of Ireland landscape and climate in all their harshness are metaphors for the emotional climate of the work." - Poetry Ireland Review

"His taut concise pieces use words and syntax with the sort of freedom that comes after mastery." - Books Ireland

Taken
i.m. my father, Paddy O'Donohue,
died 21 June 1979


What did you see
when you went out
into the cold region,

where no name is
spoken or known,
where no one is
welcomed or lost,
where soon the face is
closed and erased?

Could you touch
the black hearts
of rocks hanging
outside their shells?

Were you able
to sense the loss
of colours, the yellows
and cobalt blue that you loved,
the honey scent of seasoned hay
you carried through the winter
to cattle on the mountain?

Could you hear no more
the shoals of wind swell wild
within the walls in Fermoyle,
or be glad to sense the raw rhyme
as those rosaries of intense limestone
claim the countenance
of every amber field
from weather and time?

Or was everything dream-
fragments stored somewhere
in a delicate glass
on which a dead hand landed?

Did you plod through
the heavy charcoal shadow
to a sizzling white bush,
stop and repeat
each of our names
over and over,
a terrified last thought
before all thought died?
Foreword - 1
1. Air Holds Echo - 13
2. Hungers of Distance - 37
3. Clay Holds Memory - 75
4. Icons of Love - 103
Index of first lines - 137

ISBN: 9781848270749
ISBN-10: 1848270747
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 1st January 2009
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: IE
Dimensions (cm): 12.7 x 19.7  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.138
Edition Number: 1

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