Since I’ve been blogging I have rediscovered the enjoyment of reading poetry again – something that I haven’t really done since I gave up teaching. It has given me great pleasure to read and review Sparkling Fountain by Oranmore for this tour.
Published by Clink Street on 30th November 2017 Sparkling Fountain is available for purchase here.
Life and death, conflict and oppression, nature, love, philosophy and faith. The poems of Oranmore resonate with deep, universal themes and are based on real events and poignant personal experiences. From growing up in Ireland to the 100th Birthday of his father — 4th Lord Oranmore and Browne and the longest serving member of The House of Lords — and his travels across the globe, Sparkling Fountain combines both previously published and new poems to create a fine original collection which is a joy for all to read.
My Review of Sparkling Fountain
Sparkling Fountain is such an apt title for this extensive collection of poetry because the language cascades and glitters like water droplets in the sunlight. I really enjoyed these poems. They are by no means perfect and occasionally tense shifts or clashes mean that the reader has to work just that little bit harder to grasp meaning but I think that is what makes them all the more appealing.
I got a strong sense of our literary history reading Sparkling Fountain. Is seems to me as if Oranmore has distilled a wide range of genres and styles into a unique voice of his own. I thought I could hear the cadences of Gerard Manley Hopkins in Mother Earth and there’s everything from the nursery rhyme-like An Irish Fiddle through poems that reminded me of the Romantic poets (Sit and Slumber made me think of Coleridge’s Frost at Midnight for example) to others like Honesty that reminded me of a local poet to me, John Clare. There are so many universal themes explored, from the political negligence of those in power and their disregard for the ordinary person, through love, faith and fate to the more prosaic concepts of cramped air travel (I loved Traveller to Australia) and a windy day that I feel there is something in this anthology for every poetry lover to enjoy.
I don’t usually quote from what I’ve read in my reviews, but of all the poems in this anthology, one of the more simple lines stands out for me and it is the opening to Destiny: ‘Try your best and then accept what the cards have dealt.’ That seems to me to be considerable common sense.
Whilst I don’t share any of the religious belief that features in many of the poems such as Good Friday, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sparkling Fountain. The poems made me think, provoked memories from my past and gave me an insight into a highly educated and interesting mind. Sparkling Fountain is well worth dipping into.
Oranmore, also known as Dominick Mereworth, is a poet and playwright. He has had numerous anthologies previously published including The Glory of Glories: Inspirational Poetry (Arcturus Press 2005) and has had a number of plays produced on Fringe Theatre London including Seal of Rome in Belfast and I married Madeline as well as others produced in Belfast and Cork.
Over the years Dominick has also had short stories published to wide acclaim in national magazines. In addition, he continues to work extensively in the voluntary and charity sector including: Kent Refugee Action Network and Rapid Ireland, he is the president of Celtic Vision and Vice-President for both Veterans in Europe and Montecassino Federation for Remembrance and Reconciliation. His father, 4th Lord Oranmore and Browne, was to date the longest serving member of The House of Lords and Dominick succeeded him in 2002 to become the 5th Baron. Today he lives in London with his family.
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