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Peter McDonald says of Harbour Lights: ‘Mahon’s view of the contemporary world is every bit as grim as Yeats’s, and in its way just as apocalyptic … but in his version the sages’ laughing gaiety in the face of tragedy (“Lapis Lazuli”) is a convincingly-put question … The book’s key-notes are resilience and affirmation; and these things are to be found both in the remarkable reworking of Homer (“Calypso”) and in the strong, tightly-sprung, verse forms through which they are expressed.’
The following recordings were made at the Louis MacNeice
Centenary Celebration and Conference at Queen's University,
Autobiography (by Louis MacNeice)
'Wonders are many, and none are more wonderful than man...'
The Chinese Restaurant in Portrush
The Cloud (adapted from the Russian of Alexander Pushkin)
© All recordings copyright Derek Mahon and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.
Derek was reading with Thomas McCarthy, Medbh McGuckian and Michael Longley.