Francis Harvey’s poetry has long been firmly entrenched in the Donegal landscape of home. Moya Cannon has referred to him as “a Basho-like figure”, so it is perhaps fitting that his latest work is a sequence of haiku, inspired by his beloved Mount Errigal.
Part delicate and elegiac, part impassioned and tough-minded, this new set of poems shows Harvey to be as attentive as ever, to both his physical surroundings and the philosophical journeys they inspire.
Francis Harvey was born in Enniskillen in 1925. His previous collections include Making Space: New & Selected Poems and Collected Poems, both published by Dedalus. Among his many prizes are the Irish Times/Yeats Summer School Prize and the Guardian/WWF Prize.