The Place of Miracles
'The Place of Miracles: New & Selected Poems is a questing, meditative work from one of Ireland’s leading poets that reaches all the way from the world of the author's rural background to the contemporary terrain she inhabits.
“With this new and selected volume, Mary O’Donnell comes clearly into focus as an adventurous poet in search of her own objectives. Thoughtful and sensuous, sometimes dashing and vibrant, her rhythms are those of life itself. Committed to the mystery, she attends to the worldly evidence, be it childhood revelation as in the title poem, or the transforming electricity of migrant energies in the ‘Exiles’ group – this last a marker for our time. Gifted with the historical sense, like Elizabeth Bishop she combines the topical with the longer view. A poet to read and re-read.” Derek Mahon
“Mary O’Donnell’s sparkling and original poetry magically captures all of the essential aspects of life, parenthood, death, love and desolation ... Her startling and witty poetry exhibits a deep-seated pleasure in the bounty of language and adeptly uncovers the mythic patterns underlying even our most private moments.” Anne Fogarty
“Writing at its purest and most powerful” The Sunday Tribune