The Dark Age


Winner of the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2009

Published 2007 by Anvil. Now distributed on behalf of James Harpur by Two Rivers Press.

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‘The Dark Age is a supremely beautiful collection… it challenges us to have knowledge, to be readers, to be un-modern.’ — THOMAS McCARTHY, Southword

James Harpur’s fourth collection includes intimate responses to love, birth and death, and explores faith and vision in searching and unsentimental terms. His powerful poetry gives a new perspective on the travels and travails of early Irish saints and on the Syrian pillar hermit St Symeon Stylites. In these and other poems – about the Book of Kells, a monk and his ‘star-timetable’, and translations from Boethius – Harpur’s lyric gift finds moments of illumination and grace in the ordinary as well as the miraculous.

James Harpur. Paperback, 72 pages, 2007


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