This selection presents for the first time the thirty-year trajectory of an acclaimed Irish poet who has lived and worked between the secular and the religious, Eros and history, Ireland and elsewhere, be it west Africa after civil war, south-east Asia after the Khmer Rouge or Europe at the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Clifton’s extraordinary body of work has redefined what it means to be Irish in the twenty-first century.
Included in this selection are poems from Clifton’s earlier books as well as new, unpublished work.
“Thirty years of trials, travels, and tribulations have been poured into The Holding Center. Clifton pilots us from Ireland to Thailand and many places in between, exploring the interaction of sacred and secular and telling tales of love, loss, God, and beer. Clifton’s crisp, clean, melancholy tone resonates with poetic sensibility as well as accessibility.” World Literature Today