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Remember The Birds
September 2005

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The Puzzle-Heart
January 1999

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In The Ninth House
October 2010

Dreampaths Of A Runaway

Louise C. Callaghan

ISBN: 978-1-910669-89-1

Page Count: 84

Publication Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cover Artwork: Perro Semihundido / The Half-Buried Dog by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. © Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About this Book

“A quality of natural-seeming grace is perhaps the most affecting thing about Louise C. Callaghan’s poems. The grace of a river flowing smoothly into the past, its waters sunlit but containing dark and possibly disturbing depths.”
Anne Haverty

At the heart of her fourth collection, Louise C. Callaghan focuses on the last days of her dying mother,

Mother dying, is looking for signs.

And now she has gone beyond
personality, no longer concerned 
with who we are…

In these five poems of ‘Our Daily Practice’, the voice is lyrical, restrained and searching.

The volume also contains a series of fourteen poems about Fransisco de Goya. Both in the prelude, ‘Portrait of Mañuel Osorio de Zuñiga’, 

You know the one, the dark-haired child 
with a bird tied to a length of thread…

and the series, ‘Ears for the Deaf Man’, details of his life as court painter are fused with his daily life in the terrible years of early nineteenth century Spain. There is in these poems a simplicity of images and plain statement of stark emotion:

So recently dead
they still gleam
with life.
  ‘Still Life With Golden Bream’  

Author Biography

Louise C. Callaghan was born in 1948 and brought up in County Dublin, Ireland. She now lives in Dublin, close to her four children and many grandchildren. Her poetry collections are In the Ninth House (Salmon,2010), The Puzzle-Heart (Salmon, 1999) and Remember The Birds (Salmon, 2005). She compiled and edited Forgotten Light: An Anthology of Memory Poems (A & A Farmar, 2003). Her poetry, which is widely anthologised in Ireland and England, is included in the Field Day Anthology: Vols IV & V.  She completed an M.Litt in Creative Writing at St. Andrews University in Scotland (2007).

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