This poignant, multi-layered collection – particularly relevant for our day in its treatment of treachery, and its detailed, graphic rendering of violence as something revolting, not to be mythologised – is the fourth collection by Gary Allen. It is ‘thronged with the undead’, living ghosts from classical mythology, from the Bible, and from the more recent Troubles in Northern Ireland.
"A courageous and stunning work… Six poems in, the reader is wrenched awake, and to the realisation: something very brave is being done…"
Gary Allen was born in Ballymena, Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland. He has published three collections of poetry, the last of which, North of Nowhere, came from Lagan Press in 2006. He has also published a novel, Cillin (Black Mountain, 2005) and a collection of short stories, Introductions (Lagan Press, 2007).