Patrick O'Connell's second poetry collection resonates with the possibilities of dual perception, of the choices we can maked to define our relationship to the world. The poems speak, with imagistic clairty, of deliberation and intent, and chronicle the struggle in laying aside anger and hopelessness. Moving out from the darkest of corners, Falling in Place insists on the grace and elusive beauty of birdsong, the scent of rain, silence and the "pure white silk of the sky."
"A glass symphony, Patrick O'Connell's poems fall away in shards and splinters of humanity. The staying image is the poet's mortal struggle, wrestling with the dark angels of displacement and despair. His unconditional surrender, embracing, exalting life."
-- Maara Haas
"These are poems that 'celebrate and sorrow' with a rare and terrible courage. Patrick O'Connell takes us on a journey through the underworld and sings us back to earth with a fuller knowledge of the strength of the lyrical spirit."
-- Catherine Hunter
Patrick O'Connell is a Winnipeg writer whose first poetry collection, Hoping for Angels, as well as his collection, Falling in Place, are published by Turnstone Press. In 1993, he was nominated for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer.