John Montague, Collected Poems (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 1995), 376pp.

CONTENTS

PART 1

The Rough Field (1972) [3]; Preface [5];
I - HOME AGAIN [7]: ‘Lost in our separate work’;: 1. ‘Catching a bus at Victoria Station’ [8]; 2. ‘Hearing the cock crow in the dark’ [9]; 3. ‘Between small, whin-tough hills’ [10]; 4. The Country Fiddler. [11]; 5. Like dolmens round my childhood ... [12].
II - THE LEAPING FIRE [15]: ‘Each morning, from the corner’ [15]; 1. The Little Flower’s Disciple [16]; 2. The Living & the Dead [17]; 3. Omagh Hospital [18]; 4. A Hollow Note [19].
III - THE BREAD GOD [21]: ‘I break again into the lean parish of my art’ [22]; Christmas Morning [23]; Late-Comer [24]; Crowd [24]; After Mass [25]; Penal Rock: Altamuskin [26]; An Ulster Prophecy [27].
IV - A SEVERED HEAD [29]: 1. The Road’s End [31]; 2. A Lost Tradition [33]; 3. Con Bacach, 1542 [34] Seán An Diomas, 1562 [34]; Hugh, 1599 [35]; After Kinsale, 1604 [35]. 4. The Flight of the Earls [36]; 5. A GraftedTongue [37]; 6. Even English [38].
V - THE FAULT [39]: 1. Stele for a Northern Republican [40]; 2. The Same Fault [42]; 3. Sound of a Wound [42]; 4. The Cage [43].
VI - A GOOD NIGHT [45]: 1. The Last Sheaf [46]; 2. The Fight [48]; 3. Salutation [49]; 4. The Source [50]; 5. Roseland [52].
VII - HYMN TO THE NEW OMAGH ROAD [55]: ‘As the bulldozer bites into the tree-ringed hillfort’ [55] 1. Balance Sheet [56]; 2. Glencull Waterside [58].
VIII - PATRIOTIC SUITE [61]: 1. The Lure [62]; 2. ‘The mythic lyre shrunk to country size’ [62]; 3. ‘Smell of appleblossom in the air’ [63]; 4. ‘Symbolic depth-charge of music’ [63]; 5. ‘The tribes merged into the hills’ [64]; 6. The Enterprise [64]; 7. Coole Park & Abbey Theatre 1951 [65]; 8. ‘World-witnessed, our spiritual empire’ [66]; 9. The Siege of Mullingar [67]; 10. ‘The gloomy images of a provincial catholicism’ [68].
IX - A NEW SIEGE [69]:
X - THE WILD DOG ROSE [75]: Epilogue [79].

The Great Cloak (1978) [83] ‘As my Province burns’ [83]
I - SEARCH [85]: Mount Venus [86]; The Hunt [86]; The Huntsman’s Apology [86]; Do Not Disturb [87]; Tracks [88]; Gold Leaf [89]; Caught go Closed Circuit [91]; Talisman [92]; Don Juan’s Farewell [93]; Love, a Greeting [94].
II - SEPARATION [95]: ‘Your mistake, my mistake’ [95]; The Screech Owl [96]; Late [97]; Darkness [97]; Childless [97]; Tearing [1. ‘I sing your pain’, 98; 2. Pastourelle, 98; 3. Never, 99; 4. Refrain, 99]; In the Dark, 100; She Walks Alone, 101; She Daydreams, by the Blue Pool, 102; Separation, 102; Wedge, 103; L’;Adieu, 105; No Music, 105; The Wanderer, 106; The Blue Room, 106 She Writes, 107; She Dreams, 108; Liadan Laments Cuirithir, 109; Lament, 110; Herbert Street Revisited, 111.
III - ANCHOR [113]: A Meeting [114]; A Dream of July [114]; The Same Gesture [115]; Allegiance [116]; Walking Late [116]; Song [118]; Working Dream [118]; Blessing [119]; When the Wind Blows [119]; After a Quarrel [120]; Sunset [120]; Waiting [121]; Gossip [121]; Protest [121]; The Great Cloak [122]; Child [122]; The Point [123]; Plea [124]; Edge [124].

The Dead Kingdom (1984) [125]
I - UPSTREAM [127]: Upstream [128]; A Murmuring Stream [129]; A Last Gesture [130]; Abbeylara [131]; Process [132]; Gone [133]; Invocation to the Guardian [134].
II - THIS NEUTRAL REALM [135]: ‘I cast a pebble down, to’ [135]; Bog Royal [136]; A Slight Fragrance [138]; Red island [140]; Crannóg [142]; Sword Land [143]; This Neutral Realm [144]; The Music Box [145]; The Well Dreams [147];
III: THE BLACK PIG [151]: The Black Pig [152]; Border Lake [153]; Border [154]; The Plain of Blood [155]; The Web of Man (A Curse) [156]; Red Branch (A Blessing) [157]; Deities [158].
IV - THE SILVER FLASK [161]: Gravity [162]; Northern Express [163]; Intimacy [163]; Molly Bawn [164]; A Muddy Cup [166]; A Christmas Card [168]; At Last [169]; The Silver Flask [169]; Last Journey [171]; What a View [172].
V - A FLOWERING ABSENCE [175]: Family Conference [176]; Procession (I. M. Grandmother Hanna Carney) [176]; Northern Lights [178]; A Flowering Absence [180]; The Locket [181]; A New Litany [184]; Back [185].

PART 2

Forms of Exile (1958) & Poisoned Lands (1961, 1977) [187] The Water Carrier [189]; The Sean Bhean Bhocht [190]; Sick Call [191]; A Drink of Milk [192]; Murphy in Manchester [193]; A Royal Visit [194]; Old Mythologies [196]; Soliloquy on a Southern Strand [196]; Dirge of the Mad Priest [198]; Rhetorical Meditations in Time of Peace [1. Speech for an Ideal Irish Election, 199; 2. Caledon Castle, 200; 3.Slum Clearance, 200; 4. Emigrants, 201; 5. Incantation in Time of Peace , 201]; Wild Sports of the West [202];; The Mummer Speaks [203]; Nursery Story [204]; Cultural Centre: Musée Imaginaire [204]; Bus Stop, Nevada [206]; Irish Street Scene, with Lovers [206]; Woodtown Manor [207]; Tim [208]; The First Invasion of Ireland [209].

A Chosen Light (1967) [211] ALL LEGENDARY OBSTACLES [211] In Dedication, 211; 1. Obsession, 212; 2. The Trout, 213; 3. Country Matters, 214; 4. Virgo Hibernica, 216; 5. All Legendary Obstacles, 217; 6. Sentence for Konarak, 218; 7. Loving Reflections [I: Amo, ergo sum, 219; II: The Blow, 219; III: Pitch-Dark, 219]; 8. That Room, 220 ; 9. The Water’s Edge, 221; 10. A Charm. 222; 11. The Gruagach, 222; 12. A Private Reason, 223; 13. Return, 224]; A Bright Day [225]; Witness [226]; Hill Field [227]; Clear the Way [228]; Forge [229]; Time out [229]; A Chosen Light [1. rue Daguerre, 230; 2. Salute, in passing, for Sam, 231; 3. Radiometers in the rue Jacob, 231]; The Broken Shape [1. Enclosure, 232; 2. The Centenarian, 234]; The Split Lyre [235]; Coatlicue [236]; Division [237]; Sweetness (I.m. Flann O’Brien, who skipped it) [238]; Beyond the Liss (for Robert Duncan) [239].

Tides (1971) [240] 1.Premonition [240]; Summer Storm: 1. A Door Banging, 242; 2. Mosquito Hunt, 242; 3. Tides, 243]; Coming Events [244]; Medusa [245]; Special Delivery [245]; Life Class [247]; The Northern Gate [250]; To Cease [251]; James Joyce [252]; Sea Changes [1. ‘Each rock pool a garden’;, 252; 2. Net, 253; 3. Undertow, 254; 4. Wine Dark Sea, 255].

A Slow Dance (1975) [257] 1. Sweeney, 257; 2. The Dance, 258; 3. Message, 259; 4. Seskilgreen, 260; 5. For the Hillmother, 261]; Courtyard in Winter [262]; Small Secrets [265]; Homes [267] 1. Famine Cottage, 267; 2. Victorian Ireland, 267]; Dowager [268]; Views [1. Back Door, 269; 2. Kerry, 269]; Almost a Song [270]; The Errigal Road [271]; Windharp (for Patrick Collins) [272]; The Cave of Night (for Sean Lucy) [1. Underside, 273; 2. The Plain of Adoration, 273; 3. Cave, 275; 4. All Night, 275; 5. Falls Funeral, 275; 6. Ratonnade, 277]; Killing the Pig [279]; Hero’s Portion [280]; Hunter’s Weapon [282]; The Massacre [282]; Mother Cat [283]; A Graveyard in Queens (for Eileen Carney) [284]; All Souls [287]; Ó Riada’s Farewell [288]; ‘Roving, unsatisfied ghost’ [1. Woodtown Manor, Again, 288; 2. ‘Abruptly, closer to self-revelation’;, 289; 3. ‘I sense the magisterial strain’;, 289; 4. ‘A door opens’;, 290; 5. Samhain, 291; 6. Hell Fire Club, 292; 7. The Two Gifts, 293; 8. Lament, 294].

Mount Eagle (1989) [295] Pacific Legend [295]; Up So Doün [296]; Springs [296]; Moving In [298]; Hearth Song (for Seamus Heaney) [298]; Post mistress: A Diptych [1. Brigid Montague (1876-1966), 300; 2. Winifred Montague (l900-1983), 300]; Semiotics [301]; Cassandra’s Answer [301]; A Real Irishman [303]; Respect [304]; Husbandry [305]; Turnhole [306]; Sheela na Gig [307]; Gabriel [307] ]; Fair Head [308]; Deer Park [309]; Matins [310]; Crossing [311]; Harvest [312]; Discords [313]; The Well-Beloved [314]; She Cries [315]; Sibyl’s Morning [316]; Tea Ceremony [318]; A Small Death [319]; Nest [320]; The Black Lake [320]; Luggala [321]; Survivor [321]; Mount Eagle [322]; The Hill of Silence [324].

PART 3

Time in Armagh (1993) [329]; 1. Guide [330]; 2. A Bomber’s Moon [332]; 3. Peephole [333]; 4. Extra Mural [333]; 5. Lunatic [334]; 6. Time in Armagh [335]; 7. Waiting [337]; 8. Deo Gratias [339]; 9. History Walk [340]; 10. Absence [341]; 11. A Welcoming Party [342]; 12. Outside Armagh Jail, 1971 [343]; 13. Stone [344].

Border Sick Call (1995) [345] (for Seamus Montague, MD, My brother in memory of a journey in winter along the Fermanagh-Donegal border].

Editors’; Note [359]; Index of Titles [361]; Index of First Lines [369].

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