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Wandering bard

In his new book of poetry, Bernard O’Donoghue writes about exile and home by reimagining classic works of literature

By John Burnside   June 2011

Charles Fort, Kinsale, County Cork. Photo: Simon Grieg

Farmers Cross by Bernard O’Donoghue (Faber, £8.99)

Farmers Cross is O’Donoghue’s seventh full-length collection and his first since the highly praised Outliving, in 2003. Despite winning the Whitbread Prize for Poetry with his 1995 collection, Gunpowder, he has sometimes been regarded as a poet’s poet, a quiet, meditative writer of what he calls “small-scale moral stories” with a passion for the Anglo-Saxon elegies that are his “model for the perfectly formed lyric poem.” But his work found a wider audience with the publication of a Selected Poems, in 2008.

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