Exclusive: Mel McMahon – Shrapnel Pieces

Exclusive to Lagan, Armagh poet Mel McMahon gives us an preview of his current work, Beneath Our Feet, poems written in commemoration of Wilfred Owen.

2018 mark the centenary of Owen’s death, who was killed in battle one week before Armistice Day. He is considered as one of the greatest voices of the First World War, despite being almost virtual unknown as a poet during his lifetime.

An interview with McMahon, detailing further his interest in Owen and the themes of Beneath Our Feet, will be featured in the February ’18 edition of The Honest Ulsterman.

McMahon has had his work published in many literary journals and magazines and has been a prizewinner in several writing competitions. He co-founded Abbey Press with Belfast poet, Adrian Rice, in 1997. In 2016, he published his first full collection of poems, Out of Breath, with Summer Palace Press. He lives near Slieve Gullion with his wife and two children and is Head of English at the Abbey Grammar School, Newry. Below, he reads the sequence Shrapnel Pieces.

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