Arthur Broomfield’s poetry collection Cold Coffee at Emo Court was launched to a packed Dunamaise theatre as part of the Leaves Arts festival recently.
Mary O’Donnell, herself a distinguished poet, described Broomfield’s poetic vision as one ‘which constantly questions, surprises and challenges’.
Dr Broomfield read from his works to a rapt audience.
Old favourites ‘Coming home from Irey’, ‘Emo Court’ and ‘I saw the Minister for Agricuture French-kissing the French ambassador’ are included in the collection alongside the poets more recent work.
“His work sparkles with a unique response to experience,” said Mary O’Donnell.
She spoke about the poet's irrepressible sense of humour and how the poems are rooted in the locality.
The book will make an ideal Christmas present, she concluded.