Ten Poems from Ireland

Paula Meehan’s selection of ten landmark poems for Candlestick Press miraculously encompasses Ireland’s myth, folklore and recent history, alongside enduring themes of childhood, love and ageing.

There are poems about ‘The Troubles’ and about what it means to be Irish, as well as poems about the country’s bi-lingual heritage. These are poems that speak plainly and with a directness that will appeal to every reader. We think we can guarantee that both seasoned readers and newcomers to Irish poetry will find plenty to relish in this selection.

“She was a song that nobody sings.
She was a house ransacked by soldiers.
She was a language seldom spoken.
She was a child’s purse, full of useless things.”
— from ‘Death of an Irishwoman’ by Michael Hartnett

Paula Meehan has published seven award-winning collections of poetry, which have been translated into many languages. She was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2013-2016 and lives in Dublin.

Poems by Eavan Boland, Moya Cannon, Tony Curtis, Michael Hartnett, Brendan Kennelly, Gearóid MacLochlainn, Thomas McCarthy, Paula Meehan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Leanne O’Sullivan.
The pamphlet is dedicated to the memory of John Montague.

The ‘Instead of a Card’ poetry pamphlets make perfect presents – unusual, beautiful, worthwhile and definitely not for throwing away.

They come with an envelope and bookmark left blank for your message. Interesting and enjoyable to read, they make an excellent introduction to the work of contemporary and historical poets.


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