Originally published by Kevin Faller in the Irish Independent, April 15th, 1978
Dolmen Hill is the second collection of of Westmeath man John Ennis, and includes ‘Orpheus’, which won the open competition at Listowel Writers’ Week last year, also ‘Corbetsown’, a prizewinner at Listowel in 1976.
‘Orpheus’ runs to 48 pages and is brilliant literary entertainment:
Rilke! Say die no more!
Onward Poesy’s Phagocytes!
Remember the limestone lips softly sonneting shut.
Poets hitch themselves to Orpheus as fervently as patients
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