Conor O'Callaghan was born in 1968 and grew up in Dundalk. This is his fourth book of poetry. Wake Forest University Press published Seatown and Earlier Poems in 2000 and Fiction in 2005. O'Caliaghan is also the author of Red Mist: Roy Keane and Ireland's World Cup Civil War, which was adapted as a film in 2007. He has taught at Villanova University and Wake Forest University in the U.S. and currently teaches at both Sheffield Hallam University and Lancaster University in the U.K.
The poems in Conor O'Callaghan's new collection celebrate love and lament its loss, bathe in the warmth of family while standing in the cold, see sexuality as a life force, and measure the pulse of betrayal with a clarity that is nothing short of disarming. At times, he can be clever in the very best sense regarding technique and poetic voice, handling one with virtuosity and interrogating the other with postmodern zeal. At others, he drops his guard and witnesses the given life with a candor and simplicity that is made even more powerful because it has been so richly earned. All emotion is parried and tested with a command of poetry's themes and forms that is as deft as one is likely to encounter anywhere.
“Exhilaratingly contemporary … O’Callaghan’s best book to date.”
—John McAuliffe, The Irish Times
“The most sonically alive of poets … The Sun King beats radiant gold out of the dark shards, the refuse and refusals, of life.”
—Maria Johnston, Tower Poetry
Wake Forest University Press