A Middle-Aged Orpheus Looks Back At His Life

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Gabriel Fitz Maurice - Sonnets.jpg

A Middle-Aged Orpheus Looks Back At His Life

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A collection that celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary, this book pays homage to the small community of Moyvane, County Kerry where Gabriel was brought up and where he has lived all of his life. He looks back on changes in the community; a place that played Beckett, Thornton Wilder and Lady Gregory, and tackles themes such as religion, politics, conflict, emigration, sport, music, art and his love of the Irish language. He successfully balances the tensions of a humorous light touch and a gravity of tone, depending on each sonnet's theme. He writes convincingly about romance and relationships, as well as the cyclical nature of life – birth, parenthood, sickness, old age, death. This volume of new and selected sonnets celebrates the banal and the unglamorous, transforming the everyday into something quite special.

Praise for A Middle-Aged Orpheus

"Gabriel Fitzmaurice takes the tried and tested sonnet and gives it a new lease of life with distinct rhythms and themes. An accessible and unpretentious collection from this 'master of the sonnet form.’"Eugene O’Connell, Southword

About the Author

A retired primary school principal, Gabriel is the author of more than fifty books. He has translated extensively from the Irish, has edited a number of anthologies of poetry in English and Irish and his most recent book Lucinda Sly: A Woman Hanged was released this year (Liberties Press). He has published two volumes of essays and collections of songs and ballads and his poems have been set to music and recorded by Brian Kennedy and RTÉ Cór an nÓg with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on education and the arts. 

ISBN: 9781907593611

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