‘This carefully orchestrated collection showcases a striking new development in the work of a fast-emerging poet. From the North of Ireland, but now living in Edinburgh, deeply in tune with his forbearers and contemporaries, yet freshly independent, Gillis offers a vibrant new perspective on our changing archipelago. The Green Rose distils, in concentrated form, a poetic that powerfully combines range and variety with unity and resonance. The vivid sweep of Gillis’s stanzas combine direct speech and sonorous cadence in reverberating verse which, in the grand Irish tradition, is both good craic and a caustic examination of the cracks within society and the self. Published here for the first time, the ten poems will later appear in Here Comes the Night, from The Gallery Press.
Alan Gillis teaches at Edinburgh University. His first collection, Somebody, Somewhere (2004) was short-listed for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and received the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for best first collection. Hawks and Doves (2007) was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize.
Limited edition of 100 copies.
(Clutag Press, 2010)