Going Home to Wyoming. Later Selected Poems 2000 – 2020
Editors Niall MacGiolla Bhuí and Renée Sigel
Going Home to Wyoming, Later Selected Poems 2000 – 2020, includes work from seventeen years of John Ennis’s poems, from Near St. Mullins (2002) to Turangalíla-Palestine (2019).
This collection follows a narrative of a man’s journey through an era of a century of violence, uprising and resistance and a personal life of love, joys and loss. Woven through a fabled narrative of an Irish mythical homeless wanderer of many guises, Suibhne Geilt, homeless, we share lives divorced from family and place, to the dispossession of more recent wars, in Syria, Tibet and Palestine. At the heart of the collection, an earlier trnagression; that of Cheyanne of Wyoming, form whiôm, homelands and home, places grow more virtual than real. Heroes and heroines are celebrated along the way, not least among them the Elliott sisters, Eilish and Emily from Glasson, and Nadya Tolokonnikova imprisoned in Moravia. Thoughout this collection, John Ennis returns to the yearning of the human voice; soughtafter, whether, in celebration or critique. Read more.
Praise for Going Home to Wyoming ;
“Ennis is, by any standard, a poet of international significance, whose work is characterised by an integrating and humane perspective, which is fortified by contact with the structures of consciousness itself”.
Professor Robert Welch, UU at Coleraine, writing of Ennis’s What Verities Remain.