John Montague is virtually Ireland’s poet laureate. His best poems are all autobiographical . . . Splinter-sharp, they go straight to the heart and catch in the memory like burrs.’
— John Carey, The Sunday Times.
John Montague has been long esteemed, in Ireland and abroad, as the maker of poems and books which have assumed iconic status. Titles and phrases from them have entered the lexicon of the nation.
New Collected Poems opens with three major ‘orchestrations’, The Rough Field (1972), The Great Cloak (1978) and The Dead Kingdom (1984)