View Cover Order a Copy

Price: €12.00

Order a Copy

Click here
The Mischievous Boy and other poems
September 2008

Click here
The Last Regatta
April 2001

Click here
The Doll with Two Backs and Other Poems
December 2004

Click here
When Love Is Not Enough: New & Selected Poems
June 2010

Click here
Honouring The Word: Poetry and Prose, Celebrating Maurice Harmon on his 80th birthday. Compiled and edited by Barbara Brown.
June 2010

Click here
Loose Connections
November 2012

Click here
Hoops of Holiness
September 2016


Maurice Harmon

ISBN: 978-1-912561-73-5

Page Count: 92

Publication Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020

About this Book

At 90 years old, Maurice Harmon is making poems out of memory and out of the experience of growing old, recognising what is lost and the little that is gained. In this collection 
he gives us the present moment, then offers three, past thematic portrayals: life in academe, in small-town Ireland, and in encroaching old age. Training his lyrical imagination and discerning eye on Irish life in the twentieth century, he forces us to examine its consequences in the twenty-first century. Ever compassionate, he gives us a poetry of keen insight we cannot afford to ignore.

Author Biography

Maurice Harmon, a distinguished academic, literary critic and scholar, has published studies of Irish writers from William Carleton to Seán O'Faoláin, Mary Lavin, and Benedict Kiely, from Austin Clarke to Thomas Kinsella, Seamus Heaney, and Dennis O’Driscoll. Harmon’s career as editor-founder of the Irish University Review and his publications, including Sean O’Faolain: A Life, 1994; the ground-breaking anthology, Irish Poetry after Yeats, 1979; Selected Essays, 2006; Thomas Kinsella: Designing for the Exact Needs, 2008; with The Dialogue of the Ancients of Ireland, his translation of Accalam na Senórach, the medieval compendium of stories and poems, 2009, among others, affirm him as one of the elect. His reputation as a poet has grown with the publication of the stylish and humane Loose Connections (Salmon, 2012) and the compassionate Hoops of Holiness (Salmon, 2016). afterwords (Salmon, 2020) is his seventh collection. 

Salmon Poetry Home Page The Arts Council Salmon Poetry Home Page The Arts Council