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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 Reading from his Poems

1Like Dolmens Round my Childhood, the Old People

2Woodtown Manor

3The Trout

4All Legendary Obstacles

5That Room

6The Same Gesture

7Omagh Hospital

8The Water Carrier

9A Bright Day

10A Grafted Tongue

11Dowager

12Courtyard in Winter

13No Music

14Last of the House

15Herbert Street Revisited

16Grave Song

17Last Journey

18A Response to Omagh

19Wrath

20There are Days

20The Family Piano

22Landing

23Slievemore

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