[Sub-title:] New work by 44 Irish writers selected and edited by Andrew Carpenter and Peter Fallon, with photographs of the writers by Mike Bunn.
CONTENTS, Introduction ; John Banville, from Kepler a novel ; Samuel Beckett, Heard in the Dark, an extract from Company a novel ; Eavan Boland, the Ballad of Beauty and Time ; Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Four Poems from The Rose Geranium ; Seamus Deane, Christmas at Beaconsfield, excerpt from a long poem ; Paul Durcan, The Drimoleague Blues ; Peter Fallon, Two Poems, Catholics, and Confederates ; Brian Friel, extracts from a Sporadic Diary, most do to with the writing of the play which eventually became Aristocrats ; Michael Hartnett, Three poems [with footnote trans.], Fé Dhéinn na dTig Nua; An Droichead go Meiricéa; An Chúifhionn ; Seamus Heaney, Three poems, A Peacocks Feather, for Daisy Garnett; Sweeney Astray, for John Montague; A Lighting Plot, for Brian Friel ; John Hewitt, Five Poems, The Irish Dimenson; The Prisoners on the Roof; A Case of Mistaken Identity; The Magician, from The Troubles, 1922; Consequences, sequence from My Uncle ; Aidan Higgins, Retrograde Canon at Atepmoc. from Dog-Days, a novel ; Denis Johnston, The Abbey in Those Days, a memoir ; Jennifer Johnston, Extract from a Novel ; Neil Jordan, She, an unfinished story ; Brendan Kennelly, Three poems, Always; The Pilgrim; Goddess ; Benedict Kiely, Homeward Bound, part of the opening of a novel to be called, perhaps, Nothing Happens in Carmincross ; Thomas Kilroy, from Her Whiteness Attracts a Blackness, an extract from a novel ; Thomas Kinsella, four love poems, literal translations from the Irish (My own dark head ...) ; Mary Lavin, from A Walk on the Cliff, a story ; Michael Longley, Four poems, The white Butterfly; The Third Light; Ogham Stone, i.m. Seán Ó Baoill; Communications ; Thomas McCarthy, Bachelards Images ; Tomas Mac Siomoin, Three poems, Ceol na dTéad; Féileachán; Eadartheangachadh ; Aidan Mathews, Four poems, Untitled; Talismans; Affidavit; Neighbours ; John Montague, Poems from Sect. III of The Dead Kingdom, The Black Pig; Border; The Plain of Blood ; John Morrow, from Prologue 68, a novel ; Paul Muldoon, Three poems, The Bishop; Promises, Promises; Bran ; Richard Murphy, Three poems, Morning Call; Tony white at Inisbofin 1959; Husbandry ; Thomas Murphy, Prologue to The Blue Macushla, a play ; Seán Ó Faoláin, What it feels like to be a Writer, a talk for radio ; Liam OFlaherty, The Widow, an unfinished story ; Desmond OGrady, Three poems, One of Them, after Cavafy; The People of Maikop Plain; Waiting for the Barbarian, after Cavafy ; Liam O Muirthile, Three Poems, Inné Inniu; Rince Gréagach; Feartlaoi François Villon ; Frank Ormsby, Three Poems, The Sleepwalker; from A Belfast Journal (VII); The Security Man ; Cathal Ó Searcaigh, For Poems, [breif and unnamed] ; Seán Ó Tuama, Three Poems (English versions of poems in Irish) Where shall we walk?; The Poet to his Wife, from a three act play Four Cheers for Cremation; A Gaeltacht Rousseau ; Micheal Ó Siadhail, Three poems, Breaclach; Réavadh; sorcas ; Stewart Parker, Two scenes from Catchpenny Twist: A Charade ; Tom Paulin, Desertmartin: A poem ; James Plunkett, Ferris Moore, from a novel in progress ; Peter Sheridan, from Down All the Days, an adaptation of the novel by Christy Brown ; James Simmons, The Conservative [poem in 5 pts.]; ; Francis Stuart, from The High Consistory, a novel ; William Trevor, from Autumn Sunshine, a story ; Notes on the writers . Note, pagination of photo-page preceeding each authors text give above.