North of Nowhere
About the book…
North of Nowhere consolidates and deepens the achievement of Gary Allen's first two collections: Languages (2002) and Exile (2004). Drawing on symbolism, beliefs and the religious consciousness of his native Ballymena, the poems give voice to a sensibility rarely heard in Northern Irish letters, producing a collection singing with a vigorous particularism and a profound moral seriousness.
"Gary Allen is the type of poet I admire: he writes with passion and assurance, a poetry which is alive with real character and galvanised by the tensile potency of his language." - Nigel McLoughlin
"Allen summons up the textures of language and experience with impressive fluency." - Martin Mooney