Michael D. Higgins: New And Selected Poems

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Michael D. Higgins: New And Selected Poems


This collection of poetry honours Michael D's life and loves as well as the lessons he has learned. Introductory passages offer a unique insight into the experiences that shape a poet's work, with a foreword from Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman OSB also featured. 

New and Selected Poems is more than an ordinary poetry collection. With an introductory prose piece before each five sections, Michael D invites the reader into the mind of a poet and brings each poem to life by revealing some of the events that inspired and influenced. Tracing his life from his "Early Days" when he (aged five) and his brother were sent to live with an aunt and uncle, through to his migration to Galway in "Of Rural Realities", these wonderful stories shape his poems.

Michael D's life is laid out -- raw and honest: the changes in his family life from childhood; his entry into politics, public life, and world affairs; and the appreciation, importance, enjoyment, and loss of friendship. These are his own reflections on a rich and varied life as he casts a wry but compassionate eye on human weakness and resilience, and the centrality of love for all human relationships.

New and Selected Poems is a treasury of the very best of his writing over the years and is sure to enthral younger readers as well as his established followers. Featuring acclaimed poems such as 'The betrayal' from The Betrayal, 'Brothers' from Season of Fire, and An Arid Season's 'Ass', New and Selected Poems also reveals among other new poems, Michael D's latest including 'Of Possibility', 'The Truth of Poetry', and 'The Poisoning'.

About the Author 

As well as forging a successful political career, Michael D. Higgins is an author, poet and broadcaster. He presented a television film on Montserrat, The Other Emerald Isle. He also presented a documentary on the life of Dr Noel Browne for RTÉ, Dr Browne Also Spoke. He has had three volumes of poetry published, most recently An Arid Season, and has been included in a number of anthologies. He is the author of Causes for Concern: Irish Politics, Culture and Society, also published by Liberties Press, and has contributed chapters to over twenty publications, and was a columnist for Hot Press from 1982 until 1993. 

Higgins has campaigned for human rights and written about conflict in many parts of the world. He became the first recipient of the Seán MacBride Peace Prize of the International Peace Bureau in Helsinki in 1992, and has twice been mayor of Galway. Michael D. is the candidate for the presidency of Ireland and is nominated by the Labour Party. He was born in Limerick, moved to County Clare when he was five and currently resides in Galway.

ISBN: 9781907593208

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