Out of the planetary test tube

A rewarding début from a Porter Prize winner
by
March 2022, no. 440

Animals with Human Voices by Damen O’Brien

Recent Works Press $19.95 pb, 95 pp

Out of the planetary test tube

A rewarding début from a Porter Prize winner
by
March 2022, no. 440

Damen O’Brien’s first collection is an exceptional accomplishment. His individual poems have won several competitions (including the 2017 Peter Porter Poetry Prize). O’Brien signals the emphases of Animals with Human Voices in his afterword, stating that the world has become a ‘meaner’ place during the ten years of its completion: ‘a place of harsh politics, that values outrage over kindness, tribalism over empathy’. He concludes: ‘Like the animals of the title, the poems are voices for human problems and troubles, for the little moments and cares of the human condition.’

Sarah Day reviews 'Animals with Human Voices' by Damen O'Brien

Animals with Human Voices

by Damen O’Brien

Recent Works Press $19.95 pb, 95 pp

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Comment (1)

  • Your inspiring review of Damen O’Brien’s Animals with Human Voices has inspired me to buy my first book of poetry. Thank you.
    Posted by Michael Dolan
    24 January 2022

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