An Apology for Our Survival by Michael Farry

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With An Apology for Our Survival, Michael Farry enhances his already excellent reputation as craftsman-poet of the highest order. His multifaceted and insightful poems, full of tenderness and understanding of the human condition, shine up from every page. We are lucky to have such a fine poet among us.

—Ron Carey, author of Songs for Older Life, Racing Down the Sun and Distance.


Michael Farry is a historian and poet. He completed a PhD at Trinity College Dublin on the history of the Civil War in his native Sligo and his most recent history book is Sligo: The Irish Revolution, 1912-23 (Four Courts Press, 2012).

His poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, India and Israel and he has three poetry collections to his credit, Troubles (Revival Press, 2020), The Age of Glass (Revival Press, 2017) and Asking for Directions (Doghouse, 2012). He recently published, with Canadian poet Carolyne Van Der Meer, a poetry chapbook Broken Pieces: Hospital Experiences.

He was selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions in 2010. He is a founding member of Boyne Writers Group, Trim, County Meath and of LitLab, the Cavan/Meath writers group. He is a retired primary teacher who lives in County Meath.