Rasputin and His Children
About the book…
Since his 1993 debut, Grub, Martin Mooney has been one of the most eagerly followed of the younger voices in Irish poetry. Compelling, urgent yet coming to his material with an acute critical intelligence, Mooney's poetry is political in its profoundest sense. Not hectoring, refusing to earn easy moral kudos but deeply engaged in the forces that shape our lives, he shuns the small domestic verities of the traditional Ulster lyric. In particular this collection represents a rigorous exploration of the cultural and political legacies of the northern Protestant dissenting heritage. The reprint of Rasputin and His Children sees Mooney confirming the rich promises of his debut. And more, deepening those achievements to achieve a profound and disturbing public resonance.