Magnum Mysterium

Magnum Mysterium

by Julie O'Callaghan

Published by: Bloodaxe Books

96 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781780375144
  • Published: June 2020


Magnum Mysterium is Irish American poet Julie O’Callaghan’s first collection since Tell Me Normal: New & Selected Poems (2008). Her new poems have evolved from the early monologues – written in American demotic – to poems of heartache on the death of her husband, the poet Dennis O’Driscoll. But even in these harrowing poems she never loses her ear for the absurdities of modern life – including the grieving process where she can “see” her husband alive and doing what he loves. In Magnum Mysterium Julie O’Callaghan has continued writing poems which 'seem effortless and are immediately accessible and achieve great emotional weight by the lightest of means' (Michael Hartnett Award citation)