Thomas McCarthy was born in
August Kleinzahler writes: ‘No other poet comes to mind, living or dead, who has succeeded in engaging the political as poetic subject matter as McCarthy manages in his poems about the Fianna Fail Party. There is a larger quality, or group of qualities, behind McCarthy’s success in the realm of political poetry that extends to his other poetry. It has something to do with the restraint in voice and tone.. an unusual degree of compositional balance.’
The following recordings were made at the Louis MacNeice
Centenary Celebration and Conference at Queen's University,
A Fianna Fail Adoption
Thinking of my Father in the Musee Picasso
At the Grave of Amadei Dale Wallace
Nathaniel Murphy in his Sister's Bedroom, 1798
He witnesses Another Hanging, 1813
© All recordings copyright Thomas McCarthy and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.
Thomas was reading with Medbh McGuckian, Michael Longley and Derek Mahon.