Lifting the Latch – Frank Dullaghan
Finely honed, thoughtful and affecting, Frank Dullaghan’s accessible poetry is increasingly assured and poised. His language is clear and elegant, but the apparent simplicity contains a depth of experience that make these poems memorable. Digging deep into memory, but eschewing sentimentality, Frank Dullaghan’s poetry is insightful, poignant, but ultimately life-affirming.
Frank Dullaghan’s quietly spoken poems move between tenderness and terror with a humane warmth … The language follows and embraces a wide range of affairs, touching on loved, known and dangerous things — the texture of experience — lightly, unfussily, with a lovely ear for the plain cadence that is, for most of us, the sweet-sad music of being alive.
George Szirtes on Frank’s previous collections
Extract from: ‘The Day of the Robin’
I grew to understand it often rained
inside my father’s head, that sometimes
he went under, drowned.
But that day he put out his hand
and the robin came to him, a small flutter
of surprise from the close bush.
You can find Frank talking about poetry at Magpie magazine.
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 latest collections with Cinnamon Press is in the coming of winter.