By Iggy McGovern

Safe House

Second collection by popular Poet/Physicist, originally from Coleraine now based in Dublin


The follow-up to his hugely popular debut, The King of Suburbia, Iggy McGovern’s second collection of poems sees him walk the metrical line between a childhood in the religiously divided northern town of Coleraine and his present home in Dublin, en route taking in the wonders and absurdities of contemporary life in our “one island, two countries” and, increasingly, taking inspiration from his second life in science. Here are poems in which the northern Troubles begin to raise their head, in which the orb of the Child of Prague might be mistaken for a hand-grenade. And here too are poems from the other end of that conflict, from an Ireland struggling to come to terms with the near collapse of its economy and an apparent inability to prioritise between, as one poem would have it, “a whirlpool, a milking stool, a drug mule”.

ISBN 9781906614348 Paperback
216 x 140 mm, 88 pp
Oct 2010

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614348
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 88 pp
  • Published: : Oct 2010

About The Author


Iggy McGovern was born in 1948 in Coleraine. Since 1979 he has resided in Dublin, where he lectured in Physics at Trinity College until retirement in 2013. He has published two collections of poetry with Dedalus Press, The King of Suburbia (2005) and Safe House (2010). He edited the anthology 20|12: Twenty Irish Poets Respond to Science in Twelve Lines (Dedalus/Quaternia. 2012). Awards include The Hennessy Award for Poetry and The Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry. His most recent publication is A Mystic Dream of 4, a poetic biography of William Rowan Hamilton (Quaternia. 2013). PERSONAL STATEMENT "My poetry is characterised by form & rhyme and humour; it also reflects my professional career as a physicist. I am interested in exploring the common ground between Science and Literature." REVIEW EXCERPT “Light, rarely lightweight, McGovern’s voice is very much his own … unaffectedly honest, instructive and entertaining” — Eamon Grennan, The Irish Times, 2011