Title: Reflections of a Wandering Celt
Author: Christopher Mahon
Size: 210mm x 148mm, 136 pages
I enjoyed reading Christopher Mahon’s poems, especially “Slaney-side” and ‘My Garden”. These two poems are musical and detailed, full of images that are vivid natural and convincing. I think this kind of poem, musical, and pictorial and personal, is him at his convincing best. The other poems, such as ‘Conflict and Compromise” are more obviously thoughtful, even philosophical, and they say interesting and perceptive things.
Professor Kennelly, Professor of Modern Literature,
Trinity College Dublin, Poet and Author.
You have produced a wonderful document compiled from the heart, with endearing descriptions of Ireland’s infectious beauty and rural tranquillity. The book captures the reader from the outset, carrying him or her into an amazing and enchanting world of magic, mystery, and the haunting conundrums of life’s daily challenges, covering the full panoply of human emotions and experience. Congratulations on a terrific piece of literary work.
Douglas McClure, former South African University Lecturer,
Radio and TV Broadcaster.
Crude Cave drawings are the progenitors of today’s computer graphics.
Stories told by firelight are the parents of modern film. Poetry too has evolved. But it continues to demand the same duty from its practitioners. It is their special obligation to evoke, summon and call forth the deepest yearnings, the most passionate feelings of the heart. In this volume of Chris Mahon’s collected works, we see a master craftsman at work. With due apologies to James Joyce, let your soul swoon softly as you read.
Patrick O’Keefe, Lawyer and University Lecturer,
New Orleans, Louisiana.
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