TS Kerrigan

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Thomas Sherman Kerrigan (born March 15, 1939 in Los Angeles ) is an American lawyer and poet of the New Formalism .


Kerrigan was born in Los Angeles. He studied law at the University of California and the Loyola Law School at Loyola Marymount University . In 1965 he became a member of the California Bar Association.

Kerrigan served as president of the Irish American Bar Association and in 2001 defended a law in the United States Supreme Court to protect workers during the Great Depression (Lujan v. G&G Fire Sprinklers, Inc.).


TS Kerrigan's poems have appeared in major literary magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. His poetry was also featured in Garrison Keillor 's anthology Good Poems (Viking / Penguin 2002) and in Literature and Its Writers (Bedford / St. Martins 2006). He also wrote two plays.


Verse : iambic pentameter with domestic and rhyme (available online at The New formalist )


When days of stor my skies have done their worst ,
And riv er wa ters rise and lev ees burst ;
When men im plore their gods as skies grow dark ,
And ev ery two -by- four be comes an ark ;
When friends are lost and bur dened with our grief ,
We count the cost of storms with dis be Ran ;
When chil dren doubt and won der how we'll live
And we're with out as su ran ces to give ;
When we're be reft of all , ex cept the dross ,
And man kind’s left to cal cu late its loss ;
We'll shut our eyes a gainst the wind and rain ,
And wa king, we'll a rise and build a gain .


  • Another Bloomsday at Molly Malone's Pub (The Inevitable Press, 1999)
  • The Shadow Sonnets and Other Poems (Scienter Press 2006).


  • The Legal Studies Forum XXX, No. 1 and 2, 2006

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