Un Vivo Sol.

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Ned O’Gorman (1929–2014).


Un Vivo Sol.


Torcello, Italy,




Ned O’Gorman was a child when he:

"decided I could write a poem. I told myself that if what I wrote pleased me and was a poem, I would be a poet. I took up a pencil and wrote. Snow beyond, sunlight on the carpet. The intricate and delicate carvings of vines and fruit along the edge of the table, the green baize center like a little lawn. The warmth of the Franklin stove, the icicles hanging from the windows. My hand on the pencil, writing. I was there in my enclosed garden. I finished my poem, looked at it, and what I read I determined was a poem." (The Other Side of Loneliness, 2006, 86.)

He published seven books of poetry and was awarded the Lamont Poetry Selection from the Academy of American Poets for his first book of poetry, The Night of the Hammer, in 1959.

Eventually he began painting, making collages, small sculptures and artist’s books.  The visual art reflects the same lyric imagery, primary colors, playfulness, despair, and desire one finds in his poetry. “… I bring you flaring squares, circles, perpendiculars and trapezoids; I bring you color from the sun. I bring you folderol….” (“L’Annunciazione from Bellini,” in Five Seasons of Obsession, New and Selected Poems, 2001, 18)


Elizabeth Howard