A Pretty Sight

By (author): David O’Meara

Like the rhapsodists, the storytellers of ancient Greece, A Pretty Sight shapes voices of the past and present into a stitched song lifted and sounded toward the next century. Haunted by ‘time’s frame / that dark shape near the edge of the canvas,’ O’Meara’s new book explores aspects of culture, art, war, rebellion and technology, offering defiance amid decay.

‘O’Meara is a poet of the personal. Of the person. In and amongst the social documentary and human observation at which he excels, here is a writer prepared to put feelings on the line and to argue his case with the reader. This is proud, felt, and affecting work — I can’t think of many other poets so prepared to engage and so equipped to succeed.’ —Simon Armitage


David O’Meara

Born and raised in Pembroke, Ontario, O’Meara now lives in Ottawa and tends bar at the Manx Pub. Storm still (1999) was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. The Vicinity (2003) was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Noble Gas, Penny Black is his third collection.


  • Archibald Lampman Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry 2014, Winner
  • Ottawa Book Award for English Fiction 2014, Winner
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    96 Pages
    7.83in * 6.17in * 0.35in


    September 20, 2013


    Coach House Books



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    POETRY / Canadian

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