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, 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, and death. This volume of new and selected sonnets celebrates the banal and the unglamorous, transforming the everyday into something quite special.
A Middle-Aged Orpheus Looks Back At His Life
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- "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