Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Denise O’Hagan… her second poetry collection Anamnesis.
About the collection
True to its title, the poems in O’Hagan’s second poetry collection, Anamnesis, allude to a world hovering at the edges of our minds, one that can be sensed and yet lies, teasingly, just beyond conscious reach. The arc of poems through time and distance represents a summoning up of, and immersion in, small moments which reveal themselves to be quietly momentous; a distillation of personal experience from which we feel there is something to be collectively gleaned. The recovery of memory in its various facets is explored, and the poetry that emerges is both poignant and lyrical.
Also by Denise O’Hagan
One of the reviews for The Beating Heart on Goodreads
I read a lot of poetry, some of it good, some not so good, but Denise O’Hagan is the real deal and ‘The Beating Heart’ is a sublime collection from a poet who is just coming into her power.
O’Hagan’s poetry is beautifully crafted and taps into all the senses, sight, sound, scent, emotion. It draws us into each and every piece, so as we read them, we claim each poem and each related experience as our own. The language used is simple and yet the poet manages to express the extraordinary in the everyday acts of living, loving and caring.
This is poetry with guts, it is accessible, there is blood and pain, but there is also love and tenderness and there is a simplicity which gives the collection a universal appeal.
The entire has a narrative thread that keeps the collection balanced and the reader immersed. In reading ‘The Bleeding Heart’, I was touched by the poet, felt her pain and her joy and there is nothing more to ask of good poetry than that visceral connection. I will read this collection over and over, and I will find something new in it at each visit.
This from ‘Be-Mused’ which left me speechless.
‘It’s not the clink of crystal
At the cocktail party
Nor the silken conversation
Between black suits or pearled dresses,
It’s in the ensuing fold of stillness
What more can I say except, keep writing, I can’t wait to see what O’Hagan produces next.
About Denise O’Hagan
Denise is a Sydney-based editor, writer and poet. She has a background in commercial book publishing and assists independent authors through her own imprint Black Quill Press.
Her poems are widely published and awarded, and she is Poetry Editor for Australia/New Zealand for Irish literary journal The Blue Nib. Her debut poetry collection, The Beating Heart, was published by Ginninderra Press in 2020.
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books… Sally.