Oh When the Saints
Oh When the Saints
As featured in:
RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena, and
the Irish Examiner
the Irish Times
“Hyper-aware Denny, a young American in Dublin, makes his tentative way towards adulthood with a supporting cast of oddball friends. Denny hopes for a big love, the ‘girl named Ireland’. Akin to a Joycean ramble, Oh When the Saints follows a sensitive boy on the reluctant verge of manhood, who cannot help endlessly analysing his own - and others' - place in the stream of life. His heart is ‘a sack of air’ until he meets a trainee librarian with ambitions to be wild. This is a strange, elliptical novel of ideas, told in punchy, poetic prose; Peter Money's is a vivid, fresh and welcome voice.”
—Nuala O'Connor, author of Joyride to Jupiter
“Young Denny follows sounds and sensations in the hope of a bright future. A great city clutter has to be negotiated. Finding love is a small miracle. Keeping his eye to the kaleidoscope, Peter Money writes with artistry and invention.”
—Philip Davison, author of Eureka Dunes
“To say Peter Money's Oh When The Saints is beautifully written doesn't give this multi-faced, humane, and profoundly moving book justice. But damnit I'll say it. This book is beautifully written, from start to finish. There were so many times I simply re-read a sentence for the sheer joy of its cadence. Listen to this: ‘How can a girl cultivate gladness after sorrow? Come flood, come drought, come storms of circumstance or unexpected pain, Kath made glad-rags from decimated suits.’ A poet, a novelist, Money is the rare fusion. I savored the deeply felt human connections that animate this novel. May the Saint (and Denny, Kath, Nuala, and the others) live on.”
—Peter Orner, author of Love and Shame and Love, editor of Underground America
The remarkable coming-of-age novel from acclaimed Vermont poet Peter Money. Shines like a pint in Slatterys on a rainy Friday night, with the promise of adventures to come. A Dublin On the Road.
Peter Money’s books of poetry include hybrid works such as the prose-poem sequence with Saadi Youssef, To day – minutes only (2004); the poetry/music collaboration Blue Square (2007); Che: A Novella In Three Parts (2010); and a book of translations, with Sinan Antoon, of the Arab Modernist Saadi Youssef (2012). His most recent book is American Drone: New and Select Poems (2013). Money’s other books include These Are My Shoes (1991), A Big Yellow (1996), Between Ourselves (1997), Instruments (1998), and Finding It: Selected Poems (2000). A co-founder of the literary journal Writers’ Bloc, Money also founded the journals Lame Duck and Across Borders. His poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Sun, the Berkeley Review, the Hawaii Review and Solo, among others, and in the City Lights anthology Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sound, as well as on Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac”. His work has been translated into Spanish in Ultramar Literatura. His “poem boxes” have been displayed and sold at the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown. In addition to his collaborative CD Blue Square, Money has collaborated with cartoonist Rick Veitch in “Beat Panels/Top Down.” He is the director of Harbor Mountain Press, and has taught at Lebanon College, where he guided the Associates in Creative Writing program. He was among the first faculty members at the pioneering Center For Cartoon Studies. A past poet-teacher for WritersCorps, the poetry-in-schools programme modelled on AmeriCorps, and a state judge for Poetry Out Loud, Money received a grass-roots nomination for the position of Vermont State Poet Laureate in 2011. Peter performs with the band Los Lorcas.