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The Old Women of Magione
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The Old Women of Magione

Ciaran O'Driscoll

The Old Women of Magione draws on two visits to Italy. A long poem, entitled "A Former Franciscan Visits Assisi", develops as a meditation on the author's own involvement with the Franciscans and his decision to leave the religious life. The second part of the book offers a series of poems in which the sensuous powers of a year spent in Italy transform the poet's usual preoccupations into something rich and strange, culminating with the metamorphosis of the old women of an Umbrian town into angels.

Dedalus Press 1997

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