Thursday Evening, July 28th, 2022
Hillside Reformed Presbyterian Church | Almonte, Ontario
Poetry recital by
introduced by David L. Jeffrey
Come for an evening of O'Siadhail reading from his epic work,
The Five Quintets.
Jazz musicians Mark Ferguson & Mike Tremblay will set the stage,
and the recital will be
followed by a time for natter & nibbles in the hall.
“Rarely does one come across a new literary work so momentous, so breathtakingly brilliant both in content and in form that one knows after the proverbial fifty pages that one is confronting a work of epochal genius.”
– David Lyle Jeffrey
“Not just a collection but a new cornice stone of civilization, Michael O'Siadhail's new collection The Five Quintets is dazzling in its achievement.”
– The Irish Times
“O’Siadhail …opens new gates to poetic potential for considering ‘who we are’
through what we say.
– The Church Times
“It’s a giant symphony, with vast sweeping tunes and small lyrical moments, building to a sustained climax. It’s an intellectual, cultural and political history of the modern western world. It’s a portrait gallery with over a hundred sharply etched miniatures … It is, above all, a party, with dancing and delight, with the rhythms of the poetry setting our feet tapping and our hearts soaring.”
– N.T. Wright
“Whatever you have planned for next weekend, change it and make space to read this book. Your heart and mind and soul will thank you. This swirling work of love for humanity from Ireland's most exceptional romantic love poet will take you from the paralysis of our visionless future to a place where 'every bole and limb begins to dance the universe's light fantastic prayer.’ ”
– Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland