Diarmuid ó Maolalaí // Poetry

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Diarmuid ó Maolalaí has been nominated for Best of the Web and twice for the Pushcart Prize.
His poetry has been released in two collections, ‘Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden’ (Encircle Press, 2016) and ‘Sad Havoc Among the Birds’ (Turas Press, 2019).

 

Diarmuid has said of this selection of poems… ‘Lately, when I've been writing, I've never known in advance quite what themes will emerge in a poem until after I'm done. I find that attempting to write “about something” (beyond a surface level “this is about grapes” idea) has a tendency to come across as dishonest, as my focus on trying to stick with a theme stops the words as they come from taking me where they want to go. This was the case with the “illumination” theme which arose in these poems; I didn't set out to capture anything, but it turned out by luck that I had a batch which seemed to look at illumination and light from different perspectives at the same time that the submission call went out from époque press.’