By Iggy McGovern

The King of Suburbia

Iggy McGovern’s debut collection of poems, which won the inaugural Glen Dimplex New Writers Award.


The debut collection by poet/physicist Iggy McGovern which won the inaugural Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry in 2006.

“[S]o long as the poems are as snazzy, and sharply focused, and ingeniously rhymed as Iggy McGovern’s one-pagers in The King of Suburbia, we can’t complain… We could do with a whole lot more of this kind of well-turned verse and sharply-observed ironies.”  — James J McAuley, The Irish Times

First published in pocket format, 2005
Second edition, standard format, 2006

ISBN 9781904556459 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 78 pp

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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