Pol O Muiri
About the book…
Pol O Muiri’s poetry is a marriage of fresh lyricism with subtle observation.
Unusual in their eschewing of bombast and pretence, these poems achieve much with a satisfying economy: the fine observation of the verse reaches from the smallest of personal effects to the subdued tragedies of war without strain or break.
The first part of this collection, ‘An Ulster Genealogy’, contains poems which fix O Muiri firmly in the brisk and bracing family-tradition of the northern Irish vernacular.
In the second part, the sequence ‘D-Day’, he opens that imaginative territory to the larger experiences of love, death and war, returning something of human dignity to the anonymity of conflict with gentle yet insistent acts of recognition.