John Montague

Beyond Howth Head

New Collected Poems


The Gallery Press 400pp £17.95 order from our bookshop

Is Derek Mahon one of the best living poets in English? Years ago, Michael Longley assured me that his generation in Belfast ‘would be the biggest thing since the Thirties’. I was intrigued, being a decade older, and also from the North (though I’m from Tyrone, the forgotten heartland of Ulster). Perhaps his prophecy has come true and, if so, Derek Mahon is a figure of central importance, as this stout volume of nearly 400 pages confirms.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter