Michael D. Higgins: New And Selected Poems

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Meet The Author

Michael D. Higgins was elected President of Ireland in 2011, and reelected for a second term in 2018. As well as his political career, he is an author, poet and broadcaster. He presented a documentary on the life of Dr Noel Browne for RTÉ, Dr Browne Also Spoke, and was a columnist for Hot Press magazine from 1982 to 1993. His poetry includes New & Selected Poems, and a collection of essays, Causes for Concern: Irish Politics, Culture and Society, both published by Liberties Press. He was TD for Galway West from 1981 to 1982 and from 1987 to 2011, was Minister for Culture and the Gaeltacht from 1993 to 1997, and twice served as Mayor of Galway.

This collection of poetry honours Michael D’s life and loves as well as the lessons he has learned. Introductory passages offer a unique insight into the experiences that shape a poet’s work, with a foreword from Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman OSB also featured.

New and Selected Poems is more than an ordinary poetry collection. With an introductory prose piece before each five sections, Michael D invites the reader into the mind of a poet and brings each poem to life by revealing some of the events that inspired and influenced. Tracing his life from his “Early Days” when he (aged five) and his brother were sent to live with an aunt and uncle, through to his migration to Galway in “Of Rural Realities”, these wonderful stories shape his poems.

Michael D’s life is laid out — raw and honest: the changes in his family life from childhood; his entry into politics, public life, and world affairs; and the appreciation, importance, enjoyment, and loss of friendship. These are his own reflections on a rich and varied life as he casts a wry but compassionate eye on human weakness and resilience, and the centrality of love for all human relationships.

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