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Echoes of Memory

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John O'Donohue won hundreds of thousands of admirers with his now classic work on Celtic spirituality, Anam Cara. Just as To Bless the Space Between Us was being published, he died suddenly at the age of fifty-two. His powerfully wise and lyrical voice is profoundly missed, but his many readers are now given a special opportunity to revisit John in his first book, a collec

Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Dufour Editions (first published 1994)
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Dale Harcombe
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars. Love the cover of this book. It sets the tone for the gently lyrical poetry within filled with images that feed the heart and the mind. My one regret is I had not read any of this poet's work earlier but I will be looking out for more of his to read. As for this book it will be one that I know I will come back to time and time again. I enjoyed the poems but did prefer his free verse to the rhyming poems but all are worth reading. In poetry workshops I remember a well know ...more
Haines Eason
Perhaps the poem "Expectation" is this collection's most complete poem. O'Donohue is at his best when he is at a remove--observing, longing. Scenes and landscapes remembered from a distance seem to give him the space he needs to see a whole poem through.
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Irish philosopher, John O’Donohue’s first published book was one of poetry. Artistic word crafting seems to be his forte with this work being a beautiful introduction. Ninety one entries divided into four sections, each beginning with an introductory quote of another writer. Gaelic and English flow seamlessly in O’Donohue’s writing, sometimes interpreted, other times not. Descriptive depths of his familiarity with Ireland’s Conamara countryside, Celtic spirituality, tiding sea,
Miriam Walker
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Echoes of Memory is a powerfully evocative collection from John O'Donohue, author of the beautiful Anam Cara, and master poet and philosopher who sadly passed away on January 4, 2008 at age 52. This collection is exquisitely balanced between the themes of landscape, the mystery of being, death, grief, love, seasons and the forces of nature. The poems are in four sections: Air Holds Echo, Hungers of Distance, Clay Holds Memory and Icons of Love. The words engage with such potency that you are tak ...more
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Very Irish/Celtic in tone, this was John O'Donohue's first published work. It is a tad on the dark side with frequent mention of death. O'Donohue is a spiritual guide and poet, but suspect his later works are more apt to please readers.
Christina M.
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: john Burroughs
O'Donohue writes work that resonates on a very personal level for me.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Earthly, heavenly, chilly, deathly, poignant and correct. Another perfect Irish poet, amongst the stars.
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John O'Donohue, Ph.D., was born in County Clare in 1956. He spoke Irish as his native language and lived in a remote cottage in the west of Ireland until his untimely death in January 2008. A highly respected poet and philosopher, he lectured throughout Europe and America and wrote a number of popular books, including Anam Cara and To Bless the Space Between Us.
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