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Fish On A Bicycle: New & Selected Poems

Jean O'Brien

ISBN: 978-1-910669-58-7

Page Count: 130

Publication Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Cover Artwork: Kevin McSherry –

About this Book

Jean O’Brien’s New & Selected is a revisiting of her four collections starting with The Shadow Keeper in 1997 and moving up to the present day. Her new poems mark a maturing of her work dealing with ill health, parenthood, nature and everything in between. As with her previous collections her work is honest and direct and calls for a similar response from the reader. As ever she broaches hard subjects without fear or compromise and faces her own mortality. These poems are dealt with in a light-hearted way that belies their seriousness, they are lively and always readable.

‘A prize-winning lyric poet whose presence on the Irish literary landscape establishes her as a narrator of poetic stories that often demonstrate unusual twists in the ordinary run of experience.’                     
Mary O’Donnell
Poet & Novelist

Jean O’Brien’s voice is attuned to the inner rhythms of human yearning. She creates images that stay in the mind for an age using language that is ‘light like coins of memory, like treasure’. This book both consolidates and extends her reputation as a poet with her finger on the pulse of how we live now.
Siobhán Campbell
Poet & Critic

Author Biography

Jean O’Brien was born in Dublin where she now lives after an eight year sojourn in the Irish Midlands where she was Writer-in-Residence. She has four previous collections to her name; The Shadow Keeper (1997), Dangerous Dresses (2005), Lovely Legs (2009) and Merman (2012).  Her Awards include the Arvon International Poetry Award, and the Fish International Poetry Award. Her work has been placed and highly commended in a number of other competitions including the Forward Prize. She holds an M. Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin and tutors in Creative Writing.

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