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Asylum Road Aug 7, 2008
Mary O'Malley's fourth collection (2001) takes as its focal point the Irish identity and explores our response to recent immigration in the light of our own history. 'In the Name of God and of the Dead Generations' calls for an imaginative reappraisal of who we are as we respond to emigrants who seek asylum in Ireland. O'Malley once again brings a poignant, sharp clarity to the Connemara of her childhood, sweeps out towards California and Mexico and always returns to the particular details of her home place; explored and re-imagined in the light of a quest that is continuous, exacting and rooted in exigent lives. Reviewers remark on her ability to give voice to place in a way which resonates on a deep universal level; both rooted and moving easily in historical and contemporary worlds. Evocative, expansive -- O'Malley embraces the difficult responsibility of transcribing deeply lived experience into Poetry.
Hennessey Award winner Mary O'Malley was born in Connemara and educated at University College, Galway. Her previous collections of poetry are A Consideration of Silk (1990), Where the Rocks Float (1993) and The Knife in the Wave (1997). She has written for both radio and television and is a frequent broadcaster. Her poems have been translated into several languages. She travels and lectures widely in Europe and the U.S. She has completed residencies in Derry and Mayo, and edited two books of children's writing and The Waterside Book from her time in Derry. She lives in the Moycullen Gaeltacht, Co. Galway.
Breathtaking Variety Apr 5, 2007
This recent collection of poems from Irish poet Mary O'Malley demonstrates the diversity of her talent. Both in style and subject she shows us her world in many different perspectives. The collection contains love poems, stories of experiences and dreams, reflections of the natural beauty of her country, witty criticisms of people, and more. Some poems are short and pithy, requiring the reader to peruse them several times to follow her train of thought. Other, longer works allow the reader to sink down and savor her use of language and rhythm, imagery and sound. Overall a very satisfying collection.
Wonderful writing Sep 28, 2001
I was enchanted by O'Malley's earlier works, and she hasn't ceased to amaze me as she continues writing. This book isn't as focused as some of her earlier ones (e.g., "Where the Rocks Float"), but the writing is terrific. Her poetry ranges from wry humor (her comments on Connemara-wannabes) to profound reflections on the human condition. The poem on the death of her son's dog brought tears to my eyes (I don't ordinarily wax sentimental over either kids or dogs, but this is way beyond sentimental!), and, as always, her language is sharp and vivid. Although the West of Ireland is the subject of many of her poems, she's not just a "regional poet," and I'd like to see her become more widely known.