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The Shadow Keeper

Jean O'Brien

ISBN: 1 897648 79 0

Page Count: 64

Publication Date: Wednesday, January 01, 1997

Cover Artwork: Jon Berkley


About this Book

In this collection, Jean O'Brien continues to explore the major themes of family and personal relationships which are the hallmark of her work. Her style is honest and direct, calling for a similar response in the reader. Her poetry is at once accessible and relevant. In a review of the second Cloverdale Anthology of Irish Poetry (Poetry Ireland Review, issue 41) Hayden Murphy writes of '...the joy of reading for the first time the work of Jean O'Brien...' He points out the essential strength of her voice: 'The domesticity on the surface of O'Brien's well-crafted verses unravels to expose a compassionate sense of heat, hearth and heart all too rare in other English language cultures. It is emotionally invigorating..." This description aptly fits Jean O'Brien's first collection as she takes her place among Ireland's leading contemporary poets.


Author Biography

Jean O'Brien is a Dubliner now living in the Midlands. Her work is widely published in magazines and journals. She has published three collections of poetry, The Shadow Keeper (Salmon, 1997), Dangerous Dresses (2005) and Lovely Legs (Salmon, 2009). She read for an M.Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College and facilitates creative writing classes for venues as diverse as the Irish Writers' Centre, Dublin City Council and various County Councils and in Mountjoy, Limerick and the Midlands Prisons. She was Writer-in-Residence for Co. Laois in 2005. She was last year's recipient of the Fish International Poetry Award. also in 2008 she was commissioned to write a poem for the Oxfam Calendar. Her poetry was described by Fiona Sampson writing in the Irish Times as ... "effortless writing, graceful and exact as any pirouette in its insight".

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