cover photo: Tony O’Shea
Things that please me in poetry are precision, compassion and images that surpass the common run of language; also that the poet must have an ear for language as a musician has an ear for music. The work of Philip Casey, especially The Year of the Knife, possesses all of these in abundance.
The splendour of Philip Casey’s work is that it is rigorous and hard; and somehow also at the same time bright and kind. It’s this unique mixture that sets him apart. Jubilant, edgy, ordered, wild – a New and Selected Poems as good as gold.
Certain poems were previously published in Cyphers, Hamburg International School Yearbook, Evening Herald, Ireland of the Welcomes, New Irish Writing (The Sunday Tribune), Voicefree, Nord Deutschlander Rundfunk, The Observer, Poetry Kanto (Yokohama), Stet, Stand, Quarry (Ontario), and Poetry Australia.
Thanks are also due to The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Élaíon for a Bursary in Literature; to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annamakerrig, where some of these poems were written; to Paddy and Eileen Doyle, for the use of a computer; and to those who gave their time and wisdom in reading the poems in manuscript.
Designed by Dermot Bolger & Susanne Linde. Cover design by Rapid Productions. Cover photo by Tony O’Shea. Printed and bound in Ireland by Colour Books, Ltd, Baldoyle.