Professor Michael O’Neill will launch his new collection of poems, Gangs of Shadow, on Tuesday 10th June, 7.30, in the Debating Chamber, Palace Green. Michael will be reading alongside translator, critic, and poet, Michael Hulse.
When Michael O’Neill senses ‘gangs / of shadow’ half-beckoning from twilit water, the moment is eerily alluring as well as scary. Fusions of feeling recur throughout a book that has something of the ‘dash’ and ‘darkness’ praised in ‘Louis MacNeice’, along with a strong responsiveness to the physical and visual experience of living. Formally accomplished and alert to change and movement, combining memorable phrasing with a reaching towards the unsayable, Gangs of Shadow brims with imagery of past, present and future; its poems ‘seek to bear witness, and above all sing’.
All are welcome to this free reading. Gangs of Shadow is available now from Arc Publications, priced from £8.99.