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When Love Is Not Enough: New & Selected Poems

Maurice Harmon

ISBN: 978-1-907056-39-0

Page Count: 106

Publication Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cover Artwork: Jessie Lendennie


About this Book

To mark his 80th birthday Maurice Harmon has brought together poems written in the last two years together with selections from the three collections published by Salmon: The Last Regatta, The Doll with Two Backs, and The Mischievous Boy and other poems.  In the pages of When Love Is Not Enough: New and Selected Poems, the range and variety of Harmon's work is evident.  He has a distinctive voice, both serious and playful, combining love poems with political satire, elegies with family portraits; he also writes poems of surprising eroticism which arise from his questioning of clerical oppression.  The selection includes translation from Acallam na Senůrach, the medieval anthology of Irish stories and poems, including the haunting 'Créde's Lament', and from work by the contemporary Galician poet, Ana Roman√≠, including the compelling 'Would That the Sperm Whales Would Climb My Legs...'.  Throughout this selection there is evidence of that poetic intelligence and meticulous technique that make Harmon's work both satisfying and worthy of celebration.

From Paul Perry, The Irish Times: 'Harmon displays an ability to combine tenderness and pathos with a fiercely unsentimental honesty ... his distinctive talent is for the sustained narrative of memory.'


Author Biography

In addition to being a poet, Maurice Harmon is the leading scholar-critic of his generation in the field of Anglo-Irish Literature. He pioneered its development as an academic discipline and is the author of a number of significant works, from a basic bibliographical guide to headline studies of SeŠn O'FaolŠin, Austin Clarke, Thomas Kinsella, and others. His publications include SeŠn O'FaolŠin. A Life (1994), Selected Essays (2006), and Thomas Kinsella. Designing for the Exact Needs (2008). He edited the definitive anthology Irish Poetry after Yeats (1978, 1998) and published The Dialogue of the Ancients of Ireland (2009), a new translation of Acallam na Senůrach.

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