The Gallery Press is set to release ‘Second Childhood‘ from John Montague on 28th February, on what would have been the poet’s 88th birthday.
John Montague’s collection of new poems circles back to familiar subjects, his childhood in Ulster and his recognition that a family fracture was reflected in divisions within his surrounding society.
It includes explorations of childhood and adolescence with its awakening sexuality. Other poems contemplate Gerard Manley Hopkins in Dublin and remember John Berryman in Dublin and Paris and, in the more substantial ‘Scotia’, another old friend, Hugh McDiarmid.
The book’s second section continues John Montague’s recollections by reconstructing pilgrimages to and conversations with the poet and artist David Jones (1895-1974).
A special launch event in association with Poetry Ireland is happening on Tuesday 21st February, with special guest speaker Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, and special guest readers Tom French, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Peter Sirr.
‘Second Childhood’ is available to pre-order now from Gallery Press in hardback and paperback edition. A poem from the collection, ‘Return’, is the current poem of the month on the Gallery Press website.