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Review: Those April Fevers, by Mary O'Donnell

Sarah Hopkins, Stride Magazine, Aug 2015

O'Donnell's sixth poetry collection shows her experience in a range of conventional blank verse forms - short lyric to long narrative, in couplets, tercets, quatrains and prose poems. Her subjects here are mostly peopled events - weddings, funerals, reunions, meetings and reverie stimulated by interactions with her lover because she is, still and above all, committed to clarity about her own and others' behaviour.


Her success owes a lot to this capacity to confront and welcome by turns, and to voice these dual perspectives from either side of love's boundary. Are we our geography? She was born in Co.Monaghan on the Republic of Ireland's edge onto Northern Ireland.

In 'On Fitzwilliam, After a Budget' O'Donnell shows us how poetry can stay artistically alert, concerned, and searching while the poet has reached the other end of anxiety.