When the Promised Day Arrives
by Harry Clifton • from The Holding Centre: Selected Poems 1974-2004 • Wake Forest University Press
Harry Clifton has published six other books of poetry, most recently the two critically acclaimed volumes, The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass (2012) and Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004 (2007; winner of the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award).
The Holding Centre: Selected Poems 1974-2004
Clifton’s extraordinary body of work has redefined what it means to be Irish in the twenty-first century.
March 7, 2014
"I have never been more aware of different generations of living British poets. First, there are the brilliant and passionate young, whose excellence may be amongst the few reasons for hope in difficult times. There seem to me to be far fewer middle-aged poets: almost a missing generation. Then comes a great galaxy, (including the Poet Laureate), born shortly after the Second World War, whose average age I would guess to be close to my own (sixty). But the most interesting generation may be far older. The ages of the poets in this review range from eighty-five to ninety-two. I feel justified in mentioning this, because the poets' own work is rich with references to time."
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