Harry Clifton has published six other books of poetry, most recently the two critically acclaimed volumes, The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass (2012; shortlisted for the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award) and Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004 (2007; winner of the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award). His other books include On the Spine of Italy (1999), a prose study of life among the people of the Abruzzo, and Berkeley's Telephone (2007), a collection of short fiction. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2010-2013.
This selection presents for the first time the thirty-year trajectory of an acclaimed Irish poet who has lived and worked between the secular and the religious, Eros and history, Ireland and elsewhere, be it west Africa after civil war, south-east Asia after the Khmer Rouge or Europe at the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Clifton’s extraordinary body of work has redefined what it means to be Irish in the twenty-first century.
Included in this selection are poems from Clifton’s earlier books as well as new, unpublished work.The Holding Centre: Selected Poems 1974-2004
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