W.B. Yeats saw it in dramatic terms. The artist’s choice is between perfection of the life or of the work. There is it seems no half-way house. Either way there is a price to pay. In this most moving book, Richard Murphy presents us with a veritable anatomy of the Yeatsian dilemma. Here is poetry in the making, along with disturbing collateral, told with unflinching honesty.
forthcoming April this year – orders will be sent out as soon as the book becomes available
CONTENTS: nine new poems: ‘Hö’fn’, ‘Horace and the Thunder’, ‘Helmet’, ‘Testimony: The Ajax Incident’, ‘Testimony: Anahorish 1944’, ‘The Aerodrome’, ‘A Shiver’, ‘Out of Shot’, ‘The Tollund Man in Springtime’.