About the book…
Early Poems charts Gerald Dawe’s original mapping of his Belfast upbringing in the 1950s and 1960s through the difficulties of the Northern Irish Troubles to his moving to the west of Ireland in the 1970s.
Early Poems prefigures the poet’s singular achievement in such distinctive volumes as 'The Morning Train', 'Lake Geneva' and 'Mickey Finn’s Air' (published by The Gallery Press).
‘Serious, often grave, but inculcated with such sympathy and passion and affection that any obscurity is the enemy. It’s as if what Gerald Dawe has to tell us is so vital that clarity – such a virtue – is a moral matter.’ Richard Ford