By Enda Coyle-Greene

Map of the Last

Enda Coyle-Greene’s second collection of poetry includes a central sequence exploring the aftermath of a notorious maritime disaster off north Dublin.


Enda Coyle-Greene’s second collection of poems Map of the Last begins with a question about what, apart from laughing, we should be doing ‘on this exquisite earth’, and ends with the supposition that it is sometimes more than enough to be ‘back in your life, life going on.’ In between are all the journeys – real and imagined – at least attempted on a daily basis.

A sense of a world in motion pervades these poems whose protagonists are rarely still. Wanderers, drifters, nightwalkers and aimless drivers resign themselves to regret, remorse or simple misunderstandings.The past to which many of them are drawn remains a place where ‘everything’s done differently.’

The collection’s central sequence, ‘Salvage’ explores the aftermath of a notorious maritime disaster off north Dublin, the poet drawing on newspaper archives and a variety of poetic forms in order to recreate the range and scale of the human tragedy.

ISBN 978 1 906614 76 8 Paperback
127 x 204 mm, 76 pp
October 2013

Additional information

Weight .15 kg
Dimensions 216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614768
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 76 pp
  • Published: : October 2013

About The Author


Enda Coyle-Greene was born in 1954 in Dublin and lives in Skerries, Co. Dublin. She has published widely and is a frequent contributor to programmes on RTÉ Radio. Her debut collection, Snow Negatives (2007) won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2006. Her work has featured in anthologies such as If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (2014), Shine On: Irish Writers for Shine (2011), The Quiet Quarter: Ten Years of Great Irish Writing (2009) and Sunday Miscellany: A Selection from 2004 – 2006. She holds an MA (Dist.) in English, Creative Writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her second collection was Map of the Last (2013). Enda Coyle-Greene's most recent collection of poetry is Indigo, Electric, Baby, published in February 2020. REVIEW EXCERPT “This is poetry that is strong, sure, and totally trustworthy.” — from the Judges’ Citation, Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2006