The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass


Harry Clifton


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.

This collection follows Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004, published by Wake Forest University Press in 2007, which won the Irish Times Poetry Now Award.

Harry Clifton was born in Dublin, but has lived in Africa and Asia, and throughout Europe. He has published six collections of poems, including The Liberal Cage (1988) and The Desert Route: Selected Poems 1973–1988 (1992). In addition to the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, he has received the Patrick Kavanagh Award, and two Arts Council Bursaries in Literature, among others.

Clifton is a member of Aosdána, and lives in Dublin with his wife, fiction writer Deirdre Madden.