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Sifting Sound into Shape By Dónall Dempsey
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In Dónall Dempsey's first book of poems and prose pieces he first explores in lyrical prose his process of writing poems about memory, birth, death, loss and love. His work is inspired by his... More > experiences as a member of a large family, as a care worker with the elderly and ill, as a carer of children and a lover of women, and as an admirer of innocence. Dónall treats his chosen themes with characteristic tenderness and humanity. With their rich imagery, these poems are meant to be heard as well as read: Dónall Dempsey is a poet who firmly believes in the aural power of words. This is a book to be read and reread, that always offers new insights and opportunities for meditation on the complexities of life and love.< Less
The Smell of Purple By Dónall Dempsey
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86 poems about the poet's experience as stepfather of a small child and the joy of watching her discover and make sense of her world. The poems are about learning an teaching, as a child and as a... More > parent and are full of compassion and humour. Paul Sutherland and John W Sexton, poets and editors themselves, have contributed a review and a foreword. Janice Windle, the editor, also contributes a post script about Dónall's work and life as a poet.< Less