Francis O’Hare

Sailng to Omeath

ISBN: 9781851322183

Sailing to Omeath is a Yeatsian dream of escape from the mind-numbing banalities and demands of adult and modern life. In these poems the poet locates some temporary shelter from the storm in memories of childhood, sacred sites of personal pilgrimage and life-affirming muses. If the dream often founders on the rocks of responsibility and reality, that is a price worth paying as the poet finds his ultimate safe harbour in the formal rites of poetry itself. If these poems offer the reader anything it is the promise of Byzantium in a down to earth contemporary Irish context whilst recognising and celebrating the ’mere complexities’ that bind and bound us all.