By Francis Harvey

Collected Poems (Harvey)

Comprehensive overview of the work of Donegal based, Fermanagh born poet, Francis Harvey


Collectred Poems is a comprehensive overview of the work of Donegal based, Fermanagh born poet, Francis Harvey, “a Basho-like figure” in the words of Moya Cannon who contributes an Introduction to the book.

“Representing a life given over to the work of making poems, this collected volume is a handsome testament to the fidelity with which Harvey has pursued, wrestled with, and mastered, his craft.” — The Irish Times

“Perhaps no other Irish writer has claimed a space as well as this poet. Not even Kavanagh. He knows its skies, its islands, its headlands, its beaches, its fence posts, its rocks, its trees. He knows its small towns and its people. Each poem stands alone, but all build into a masterful composition. No one is spared from this work of art. Even the poet himself, is snared in the dripping amber of this poetry … Do not go to Donegal without this voice. It is half shepherd, half sheep. And quite Beautiful.” —

ISBN 978 1 901233 68 8, Paperback
ISBN 978 1 904556 67 1, Hardback
140 x 216 mm,240 pp

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Weight .3 kg
Dimensions 214 × 160 mm
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Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781901233688 PB, 9781904556671 HB
  • Size: : 140 x 216 mm
  • Pages: : 240 pp
  • Published: : 2007

About The Author


Francis Harvey was a much-admired Irish poet and short fiction writer. Born in Enniskillen in 1925 he published five collections of poems, most recently Donegal Haiku (Dedalus Press, 2013), as well as Making Space: New & Selected Poems (Dedalus, 2001). His Collected Poems appeared from Dedalus in April 2007. Much of his work celebrated the flora and fauna of the Donegal landscape which was both his home and his inspiration on many walks and excursions, prompting Donegal poet Moya Cannot to refer to him as "a Basho-like figure". Among the many prizes his work received are The Irish Times/Yeats Summer School Prize, The Guardian/WWF Prize, and a Peterloo Prize. Francis Harvey died in 2014.