"Among These Winters
opens with an epigraph from Rilke on the heartbreak of parting, and stays mindful of this theme... There are also poems that send you scurrying to the OED—only to be astonished by her gift for the perfect and surprising word. O'Donoghue takes a polymath's delight in language that calls to mind Mahon, Muldoon and, especially, Auden, as she imaginatively claims the idioms of medicine, geology, myth, and science as her own—as in the chilling 'Dauernarkose' that uses mathematical terms to pity the 'cure' of a schizophrenic woman. Yet a striking good humor suffuses the collection, and nowhere more so than in poems like 'The Stylist' and 'Leading the Apes in Hell', where she displays that distinctly Irish gift of setting out a comic proposition and letting it run its antic course."
James Silas Rogers, Editor, New Hibernia ReviewMary O'Donoghue
was born in 1975 and grew up in Co. Clare. Her first poetry collection Tulle
was published in 2001, and her poems have appeared widely in Irish and international periodicals and anthologies, including The New Irish Poets
(Bloodaxe, 2004). She has also collaborated with Louis de Paor on translations of his poetry. Her short stories have been published in The Dublin Review
, The Recorder
and elsewhere. Her awards include Hennessy/Sunday Tribune New Irish Writer and a writer's bursary from Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is an assistant professor of English at Babson College, Massachusetts, and she lives in Boston.