‘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