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Poems 2000-2005


Hugh Maxton

Poems 2000-2005 is a transitional collection written while the author - also known to be W. J. Me Cormack, literary historian - was in the process of moving back from London to settle in rural Ireland.

It is also a vigorous contribution to the age-old dialogue between Sacred and Profane themes, questioning beliefs and pleasures, guilts and landscapes, poetic methods and prosaic realities.

Included are some of the most disturbing and accomplished meditations on communal violence in Ulster, the province where Hugh Maxton now lives. He is currently completing a new volume of poems and working – at age of 57 – on a first novel.


Contents -- Adam in Paradise: Quartet – Renunciation -- Dedication Later – Deadlock – 960 -- PLANTED 5----Mersea Island--Questions for John Prine--Winter Solstice--Broken Long Measure--To the Memory of Lily Webster--Dry Lightning--Pellet--Moregrove--Dead Habitat--Uncle Peter’s Purgatory--The Shuck--Herbal for Anna Hartnett--Legend of the Lamp Room--THE TROUBLED 33--Shelling Hill--Sermon on the Mountjoy Side-Step--Incident in the Life of Michael Davitt--Pellets of Stanza and Prose--No Sign Given to It--Clonallis, Late Summer--Nutting--The Broken Stile--Pomona--IXION’S WHEEL 57--Near Sizewell Beach--Not Yacht-Club--Eurydice--Rhymes for Eurydice--The Gardens Quartet--Up and Under--Allotments--LAST THING 75--Numbers for Josh and Abigail Cohen--Miserere--For Bice Portinari, For Example--Matin--Salt and Light--One Animal’s Return--Nearby Drung, County Cavan--The Enlightened Cave—Colophon