By Patrick Kehoe

The Cask of Moonlight

Second collection of poems from Enniscorthy-born poet


A love affair with a city in brilliant daylight and chiaroscuro, the poems of Patrick Kehoe’s second collection The Cask of Moonlight are for the most part set in Barcelona, a city of slow time and reflection, of “crepuscular, pastel-tinted shrouds” but also of vitality and luminance, a city that is both man-made and part of the greater natural world in which there can be no guarantees for “whatever nameless thing it was / that resembled love”. Kehoe’s lucid, light-handed lyrics brilliantly illuminate a time and a place, like a full moon over the “beehive ways of the city”. His is already a distinctive voice in Irish poetry.

“These are poems incandescent with love, a love made indissoluble by the poet’s commitment to story-fragments of verse, pared down to the bare essentials, a reminder to us why poetry is in its element with the affairs of the heart…”
— Tom Mooney, The Wexford Echo

ISBN 978 1 906614 95 9 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 106 pp
September 2014

Additional information

Weight .15 kg
Dimensions 216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614959
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 106 pp
  • Published: : September 2014

About The Author


PATRICK KEHOE was born in 1956 in Enniscorthy, County Wexford. His first poems were published by the late James Liddy in Gorey Arts Centre broadsheets and in issues of The Gorey Detail. Early poems appeared in the Irish Press and St Stephens (UCD). Patrick Kehoe read his poems for a feature on the RTÉ TV programme, Nationwide in 2014. Patrick Kehoe’s work has been heard on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Miscellany and on RTÉ lyric fm, while poems have appeared in Cyphers, The Irish TimesThe Stony Thursday BookCrannóg, Enniscorthy EchoNatural Bridge and The Scaldy Detail. Four poems and a short memoir piece featured in the Spring 2020 edition of New Hibernia Review. Patrick Kehoe’s poems have featured in The Deep Heart’s Core, The Level Crossing, The Word Ark – all from Dedalus Press - and in Even the Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry. Patrick Kehoe’s poems also feature in the Wexford publications, From Wexford with Love, Red Lamp Black Piano and Dust Motes Dancing in the Sunbeams. Patrick Kehoe’s version of a Cuban poem also features in the forthcoming Cuban Love Songs (Cassandra Voices, 2020). Patrick Kehoe’s debut collection, Its Words You Want (Salmon Poetry, 2011) was followed by The Cask of Moonlight (Dedalus Press, 2014.) A third collection, Places to Sleep (Salmon Poetry, 2018) was in large part a journey through Spain. An album written in collaboration with Sonny Condell, Seize the Day was released in 2017. A further five songs have been written since. Patrick Kehoe’s work will feature in a forthcoming Wexford anthology, edited by Tom Mooney.