24 July 1986
Show More The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse edited by Thomas Kinsella.
Oxford, 423 pp., £12.50, May 1986, 0 19 211868 4Show More
The Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry edited by Paul Muldoon.
Faber, 415 pp., £10.95, May 1986, 0 571 13760 1Show More
Irish Poetry after Joyce by Dillon Johnston.
Dolmen, 336 pp., £20, September 1986, 0 85105 437 4Show More
“... by being very choosy. Contemporary Irish poets, in Muldoon’s book, can be counted on the fingers of two hands, and here they are: Kavanagh, MacNeice, Kinsella, Montague, Heaney, Longley, Mahon, Durcan, Paulin, McGuckian. No Muldoon, we notice straight away, which is understandable, if regrettable. Muldoon is famous for his oblique approach to things, and we see this feeling for indirection at work ...”