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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