|After the Ritual|
After the Ritual continues Tom Henihan's exploration of the landscapes of displacement and sorrow. The poet finds that when home is nowhere, home is the world that moves you as you move through it.
to wring a vast pain and endless longing out of his lines. His talent
for understatement permits no flash or trickery... Unlike other poets
who select a dominant metaphor and build on it in related iterations,
Henihan employs an interlokcing system of disparate metaphors that is
initially daunting until a reader begins to understand that the metaphors,
when taken together, are elegiac summations... The central elements of
Henihan's imagery include the moon, sky, mountains, the sea, and rain.
Thus, Henihan chooses very large objects and forces, rendering his poetry
Originally from Limerick City, Ireland, Tom Henihan has lived in Canada for over twenty years. His earlier collections include Between the Streets (1992), A Mortar of Seeds (Ekstasis, 1997) and A Further Exile (Ekstasis, 2002). He currently resides in St John's, Newfoundland.