You are invited to join poet Deryn Rees-Jones at the Irish launch of COLLECTED POEMS
By Michael Murphy
on Friday, February 17 from 6.30pm.
|Before his untimely death in 2009, Michael Murphy had
gained an enviable reputation in Irish and UK poetry circles for his “lucid, intelligent work”.
Many of the poems published in the Liverpudlian’s three collections — After Attila (1998), Elsewhere (2003) and Allotments (2008) — drew on the rediscovery of his Irish roots, and in 2004 a selection of his work appeared in The New Irish Poets.
Collected Poems, introduced by the poet George Szirtes and a prefaced by his widow, poet Deryn Rees-Jones, brings together highlights from earlier volumes alongside new poems written in the last two years of his life, after the diagnosis of a brain tumour.
The poems celebrate a life both rediscovered and remembered as Murphy negotiates exile, return, fatherhood, love and death.
The collection, already the recipient of a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, will be launched at the Gutter Bookshop on February 17th, from 6.30pm.
For further information contact Aisling Breen (086 8031312)