A near legendary teacher of poetry and poetics while connected to Eastern Washington University, Spokane, USA, James J McAuley was a highly respected and much admired Irish poet who could turn his hand both to the sensitive lyric and to the stinging social and political critique. New & Selected Poems by James J McAuley was first issued by Dedalus Press in 2005 and is reissued in 2023, two years after the poet’s death, with an Introduction by his ex-student Paula Meehan, whose art work is one the new edition’s cover.
“His style comes together most satisfyingly in ‘Sixteen Nocturnes’, written in 2003, which reminded me of Geoffrey Hill, of all people, or Browning’s mad monk gibbering away in his Spanish cloister. It’s impossible to engage fully with several decades of work in a short review, but suffice to say that where all too often McAuley has been absent, now at least he is back on the map.”
— David Wheatley, The Sunday Tribune
ISBN 9781904556343 Paperback
140 x 216 mm