Over thirty years ago, Gabriel Fitzmaurice made a significant mark on Irish poetry by publishing three collections of poems in the Irish language, along with a couple of children’s books, also in Irish. These works were warmly received, as they showcased a fresh and independent voice in Irish poetry. Though these books have been long out of print, a new compilation titled “Gan Focal/ Frugal Speech” has been released by Arlen House.
In this collection, Fitzmaurice carefully selected twenty of his original poems and presented them alongside his own English translations. The poems eloquently explore themes of love, politics, angst, faith, music, and poetry itself, combining a traditional essence with a contemporary twist. To complement the verses, the collection features beautiful illustrations by Brenda, Gabriel’s wife, adding a visual dimension to the poetic journey.