Neil Corcoran, The Chosen Ground: Essays on the Contemporary Poetry of Northern Ireland (Brigend, Mid Glamorgan: Seren Books; Dufour 1992), 288pp.

CONTENTS: Gerald Dawe, ‘Invocation of Powers’ John Montague’ [15]; Stan Smith, ‘Seamus Heaney: The distance between’ [35]; Peter McDonald, ‘Michael Longley’s Homes’ [65]; Hugh Haughton, ‘”Even now there are places where a thought might grow”: Places and Displacement in the Poetry of Derek Mahon’ [87]; Clair Wills, ‘The Lie of the Land: Language, Imperialism and Trade in Paul Muldoon’s Meeting the British [123]; Richard Brown, ‘Bog Poems and Book Poems: Doubleness, Self-Transition and Pun in Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon’ [153]; Bernard O’Donoghue, ‘’Involved Imagings: Tom Paulin’ [171]; Thomas Docherty, ‘Initiation, Tempers, Seductions: Postmodern McGuckian’ [191]; Corcoran, ‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Ciaran Carson’s The Irish for No’ [213]; John Kerrigan, ‘Ulster Ovids’ [237]; Selected Bibl. [270]; Index. [279]; notes on contributors [287].

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