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.

Read interview with the poet on RTÉ TEN here.

“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
Dimensions216 × 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, Co Wexford where he still lives. Educated at St Peter's College, Wexford, he studied History and English at UCD. His first poems were published by the late James Liddy in Gorey Arts Centre broadsheets through- out the mid 1970s, while recent work appears in the Wexford anthologies, Red Lamp Black Piano and Dust Motes Dancing in the Sunbeams, among other publications. His debut collection, Its Words You Want, was published in 2011, and includes ‘Father’, set to music by Sonny Condell. He taught English for two years in Barcelona between 1978 and 1980 (the genesis of some of the poems gathered here) and subsequently at second level in Ireland, before embarking on a career in journalism. He writes for RTÉ's entertainment website, RTÉ TEN.