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The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass

In this new, deeply meditative and wide-ranging collection, Harry Clifton brings his extraordinary poetic and intellectual gifts to bear on the present state of Irish culture. These are both personal and public reflections (on love, marriage, middle age and history) that stake his claim as one of the most significant Irish poets now writing.

"The influence of war in Ireland has been perpetual, and Clifton, who has traveled and lived extensively outside of his country, examines his homeland through the lens of one who left but returned to make sense of it “in the name of the lost, the disinherited,/All who never came back from the dead/To tell their story claim their place—”
Valerie Duff-Strautmann,

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