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One Crimson Thread

By Micheal O'Siadhail

One Crimson Thread
Paperback, 164 pages $24.95
Published: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781481307802
Format: 5.5in x 8.5in

Subjects: Care & Counseling, Religion & Literature

For twenty years, celebrated poet Micheal O’Siadhail’s beloved wife, Bríd, suffered from Parkinson’s disease. O’Siadhail’s verses explore the ordinary triumph of human fidelity and sound the depths of parting through a 150-sonnet sequence in which love faces wasting illness and the specter of death. There is tenderness, intensity, and gratitude—which will resonate with all who know both love and loss.

"I read slowly, carefully, and with deep emotion One Crimson Thread. It’s a beautiful, beautiful but terribly sad poem of love."

—Jean Vanier, reviewing a previous edition

"This is poetry that is deeply human and accessible, beautifully observed, honest and technically controlled."—Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald, reviewing a previous edition or volume"

—Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald, reviewing a previous edition

"Micheal O’Siadhail is one of Ireland’s finest poets…but his latest collection of poems is perhaps his most personal and affecting yet."

—Miriam O’Callaghan, RTÉ (Ireland's national radio station), reviewing a previous edition

"O’Siadhail seems to rise to a new intensity of writing and analysis in this collection. This is both a searing and a beautiful interrogation . . . it offers immense compassion and consolation."

—Martyn Halsall, Church Times, reviewing a previous edition

"One of the most emotionally compelling books of poetry I’ve read in a long time, the sequence chronicles the final two years of a forty-year marriage, as the poet’s beloved wife . . . The privilege of witnessing the hard but redemptive reality this couple had to face is one of the great gifts this remarkable book provides."

—David M. Katz, The Hopkins Review, reviewing a previous edition

"One Crimson Thread, a beautiful, tender and heartbreaking series of poems that chronicle the last two years of Bríd's life, her death and his grief."

—Andrea Smith, Sunday Independent, reviewing a previous edition

"It is the biography of a marriage and one of the most elegant pictures of faithfulness that I have ever encountered in all my years of reading…This is an extraordinary collection; a portrait of love and of a poet’s immortal faithfulness."

—Thomas McCarthy, The Irish Examiner, reviewing a previous edition

"One Crimson Thread is a compelling, intimate, and memorable body of heartfelt poetry."

—The Poetry Shelf, Midwest Book Review, reviewing a previous edition

Micheal O’Siadhail is an internationally acclaimed poet whose Collected Poems, gathering together thirteen collections, was published in 2015. Married for forty-three years, he chronicles in One Crimson Thread the last two years of his wife’s life, her death, and his grief. He now lives and works in New York City.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 164 pages
 5.5in x 8.5in

  POE003000, POE005020, REL012010
 Baylor University Press

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