About the book…
Love, violence, distant galaxies, West Belfast: whatever the subject,
Mairtin wrote as he lived, with a combination of intelligence and daring, revolutionary spirit and generosity of heart. Every poem here is suffused with his unique vision, fiercely tender and unafraid. To quote American poet, Theodore Roethke, ‘What we need is more people who specialise in the impossible’. This collection is the work of one such person. —Moyra Donaldson
Before his unexpected early death in early 2004, Mairtin Crawford was a well-established figure on the northern poetry scene, as poet arts editor and supporter of diverse literary endeavours.
Widely published in local magazines, Mairtin was working on a debut collection at the time of his death. Selected Poems, edited by close personal and literary associate Naomi Foyle, gathers together poems from that embryonic collection, earlier published poems and previously unpublished poems from Crawford’s notebooks.
While not the book originally envisaged, Selected Poems demonstrates Crawford’s strength as a poet: a willingness t experiment, a sensibility firmly rooted in the cultural and artistic legacies of the American ‘Beat’ generation, a fierce commitment t the value of poetry as a form of communication, a willingness to be brutally honest about both himself and others.
It shows a poet slowly coming into his own voice