Published by Agenda Editions
A country of sun, sea and human struggle, Mexico runs like a vein of gold through this new collection from Gary Allen. It provides a constant link for poems on suffering, poverty and despair, as well as living in the moment and bursting out into love and passion.
“One of the most urgent and accurate writers now writing.”
“Unusual in their sensitivity to the particular vulnerability of women, these poems hover on the edge of despair, but also offer a valuable and much needed insight into the thwarted lives of the poor.”
“[The poems are] electrified when you least expect it by visceral epiphanies of love, sex, and death – like human memory itself. [Allen] summons up the textures of language and experience with impressive fluency.”
Gary Allen was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, where he now lives. His eleven collections include Languages (Flambard, 2002), Iscariot’s Dream (Agenda Editions, 2008) and Ha, Ha (Lagan Press, 2011). A selection of his poems was published in the anthology The New North (Salt, 2011). He has also published a novel, Cillin (Black Mountain Press, 2005) and a collection of short stories Introductions (Lagan Press, 2005).