By Mark Roper

Even So: New and Selected Poems

Comprehensive overview of the work of UK-born, longtime resident of Co. Kilkenny Mark Roper, one of the most admired nature poets of his generation.

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Comprehensive overview of the work of UK-born, longtime resident of Co. Kilkenny Mark Roper, one of the most admired nature poets of his generation

“Even So reveals the extent to which Mark Roper’s move from the UK to the Kilkenny countryside in 1980 has liberated his imagination and, by allowing him to report on lived, day-to-day experience, helped him to become an extraordinarily distinguished ‘nature poet’—or, perhaps the better term, ‘poetic naturalist’.  Ireland’s gift to the poet has been an environment that is still relatively unspoiled, and continues to permit ancient harmonious relationships between land-working humans and the birds, beasts, woodland, pools and pastures with which their lives interweave. Roper’s gift to his adopted home, and to the great poetic tradition of ‘nature writing’ in these islands, is laid out here, in this wonderfully varied miscellany of new work and selections from his earlier volumes.” — Carol Rumens, from the Introduction

“Even So is an absolute delight and a superb achievement” — Paul Perry, The Irish Times

SBN 9781906614010 Hardback

ISBN 9781904556992 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 170 pp

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781904556992
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 170 pp
  • Published: : 2008

About The Author


Mark Roper was born in Derbyshire, England in 1951. His collections include The Hen Ark (Peterloo, 1990), which won the 1992 Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection; Catching The Light (Peterloo, 1997); and The Home Fire (Abbey Press, 1998). Whereabouts was published in 2005 by Abbey Press & Peterloo; Even So: New & Selected Poems by Dedalus Press in 2008. His latest collection, A Gather of Shadow, Dedalus 2012, was shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award in 2013 and won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2014. Mark was Editor of Poetry Ireland for 1999. He was the recipient of Arts Council Bursaries in 2010 and 2013. The River Book: A Celebration of the Suir, a collaboration with photographer Paddy Dwan, was published in 2010. A second collaboration with Paddy Dwan, The Backstrand, was published in 2013. The pair are currently at work on a book about the Comeragh Mountains. The Invader, an opera composed by Eric Sweeney to a libretto by Mark Roper, was premiered in Ireland in May 2014. Mark has also worked on many other collaborative ventures. An experienced Creative Writing teacher, he has run courses and workshops in a wide variety of settings. REVIEW EXCERPTS "Small encounters with the ‘natural’ world act as triggers for many of my poems. I’m fascinated in particular by the ways in which we perceive it: what we make of it and what it makes of us, for us, inside us." "The writer he most reminds me of is Norman MacCaig – he is equally capable of the piercing metaphor, the crystallizing phrase that deepens the vision" — John Killick, The North, 2013