In the Coming of Winter — Frank Dullaghan
Dark, timely and unflinching, Frank Dullaghan’s increasingly confident and finely balanced poetry dives deeply into what keeps us human in difficult times — the textures of memory, the simple connections that bind us. Like Camus, he is prepared to ‘live to the point of tears’, knowing, as did William Blake that, ‘the deeper the sorrow, the greater the joy.’ This is poetry that unsettles, that asks hard questions without pretending that we have the answers, that looks darkness and death full in the face, yet the collection is not a counsel of despair. In cadences that are as elegant as they are accessible Dullaghan’s poetry asserts that no matter how dark the darkness or how cold the winter, there is the bitter-sweet joy of life, and there is love.
I am one
of the old ones now, on my last bit of road
to Bethlehem, neither wise nor unwise,
but a witness, as the swallows fly south,
of the way endings can feel like beginnings,
if you come at them from the other direction.
(from ‘Flying South’)
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Frank Dullaghan is an Irish poet who lives in Dubai, UAE, where he is Head of Compliance for a small mining company. He holds an MA with Distinction in Writing (University of South Wales). He has also been a children’s poetry judge for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature since 2013. In 2014 he was commissioned to provide the final English translation (from literal translations) for the ruler of Dubai and PM of the UAE, HH Sheikh Mohammed’s poetry, published as Flashes of Verse. Frank’s last collections with Cinnamon Press was Lifting the Latch.