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June 11 , 2011

The Good News About Armageddon


Poems that occupy the difficult territory of contemporary crisis with great candour and trenchant wit.

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Dies ist die Geschichte von der ersten Nacht, die meine beste Freundin Anja und ich in Mallorca verbracht haben. Wir waren zwar zusammen in den Urlaub gefahren, um Party zu machen und Jungs kennenzulernen, aber das es gleich so abgehen würde hätten wir nicht gedacht. Gleich in der ersten Nacht erfüllte sich meine…

Steve McOrmond’s unflinching take on contemporary life, with its saturnine candour and ironic focus, may remind readers of the anti-poetry of Europeans like Zbigniew Herbert: intense, humanistic and deeply sceptical of inflationary gestures or stagy rhetoric. Shedding illusions, but equally refusing the consolations of despair, McOrmond’s well-tempered satire is carried home on its own crisp music.

The title poem has, as it narrative background, the encounter between the narrator and a young door-to-door missionary, one who sets his worldly and jaded scepticism against her innocence and faith. The Good News about Armageddon poses questions that are difficult and durable (“In these hours of prolific / doubt, how will we acquit ourselves?”), as well as those that are topical (“Are Paris Hilton’s 15 minutes over yet?”) and probes with accurate wit (“We are an argument / for unintelligent design”). This is essential poetry for our time – astute, informed, bitingly satirical, yet grounded in its quest for words that, like Cordelia’s, reverb no hollowness.

“A metaphysical wit and a self-mocking humour leaven this often dark account of the calamity that is our contemporary way of living. In his own distinctive way, Steve McOrmond… [weaves] in these technically deft lyric pieces a kind of post-modernist jeremiad.” – Mary Dalton

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