Poem introduction

Omagh became famous or infamous because of the bombing which took place there some years ago.

A Response to Omagh

A Response to Omagh

All I can do is curse, complain.
Who can endorse such violent men?
As history creaks on its bloody hinge
and the unspeakable is done again.

With no peace after the deluge,
no ease after the storm;
we learn to live inside ruin
like a second home.


from Collected Poems (Gallery Press, 1995) © John Montague 1995, used by permission of the author and The Gallery Press.

Recordings

John Montague

John Montague Reading from his Poems

1Like Dolmens Round my Childhood, the Old People

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2Woodtown Manor

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3The Trout

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4All Legendary Obstacles

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5That Room

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6The Same Gesture

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7Omagh Hospital

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9A Bright Day

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10A Grafted Tongue

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11Dowager

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12Courtyard in Winter

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13No Music

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14Last of the House

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15Herbert Street Revisited

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16Grave Song

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17Last Journey

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18A Response to Omagh

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19Wrath

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20There are Days

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20The Family Piano

22Landing

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23Slievemore

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8The Water Carrier

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