Pagan to the Core is a new edition of my first collection, together with a hitherto unpublished sequence of eighteen poems. The title of my first book was suggested by my then partner and still friend, Gerry McGovern, who has gone on to become a major Internet guru. The word paganus originally meant 'rustic', 'villager', 'non-combatant', as opposed to miles, 'soldier'. In Christian Latin, it meant non-Christian, non-Jewish. So I suppose you could say it existed as a negative designation: 's/he who is not us'. The Making of a Pagan was an appropriate title for a book that followed, in spotlighted snatches, the trajectory of my awareness up to then. While most of the poems tell immediate sense impressions, the book was written at a time when I was sensitive to political powerplay, so there is comment, some angry. Style-wise, the effort is to reflect in form and sound the event presented. There are one or two poems in there that I wouldn't write now, but they exist, and so much is history. The second part of Pagan to the Core, a new sequence entitled 'The Disaffected Country Girl and a Minor Metropolis', revisits the territory of the earlier book, but with a different, cooler eye. Most of these poems arose from a commission for the literary festival, Imram, a few years ago. I was asked to write about Dublin, and found that I could only do so by tracking my journey there from what I suppose was also a minor rusticity in this miniature country.