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Martin Mooney; Baron Wormser, fwd.

2001 • 88 pp. 6 x 9 1/2"

$14.00 Paperback, 978-0-9678856-7-4

“Martin Mooney is a poetic force to be reckoned with…In a world filling ever increasingly with bad poetry, Mooney is a godsend.”—Gerry Beirne, Poetry Ireland Review

Martin Mooney’s poems are darkly comic, muscular, inventive and highly charged. Politics simmer beneath the surface of poems that find their energy in the everyday urban experience, be it work at the shipyards, an early morning fishing expedition, the building of houses, or a visit to the local pub. A patently Irish humor, replete with shadows and irony, informs the poet’s observations—and the second part of the collection is a kind of novella through poetry that follows the exploits of a young Irish expatriate and a cast of people on the fringe as they stumble through daily unpleasantries.

From the Book:

Their wet heads are jaggy as pine cones
opening to sunlight on the sill
of the brightest room in the house;
the surf's coarse marbling
is the work of an apprentice painter
learning to woodgrain doors,
a trial piece in trompe l'oeil
that deceives no one.

From “Men Bathing, After Edvard Munch”


Winner of the Brendan Behan Memorial Award (1994)

Martin Mooney was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has worked as a creative writing teacher, arts administrator and bartender. As well as poetry, he has published short fiction, reviews, critical articles and cultural commentary in Irish and British periodicals. Mooney has been a writer-in-residence at the Brighton Festival and the Aspects Festival of Irish Writing, was for two years Writer-in-Association with the London Mozart Players, and has twice been a member of resident faculty at The Frost Place poetry conferences. Martin Mooney has published the chapbooks Bonfire Makers and Operation Sandcastle, as well as a second full-length collection Rasputin and his Children (2000). Poems from each of these publications have won prizes in Irish and British competitions, and a number have appeared in U.S. poetry journals including Field and The Gettysburg Review.

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