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‘A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders’ Seamus Heaney

A remote townland in County Mayo, Carrigskeewaun has been for nearly fifty years Michael Longley’s home-from-home, his soul-landscape. Its lakes and mountains, wild animals and flowers, its moody seas and skies have for decades lit up his poetry. Now they overflow into Angel Hill, his exuberant new collection. In addition, Longley has been exploring Lochalsh in the Western Highlands where his daughter the painter Sarah Longley now lives with her family. She has opened up for him her own soul-landscape with its peculiar shapes and intense colours. In Angel Hill the imaginations of poet and painter intermingle and two exacting wildernesses productively overlap. Love poems and elegies and heart-rending reflections on the Great War and the Northern Irish Troubles add further weight to Michael Longley’s outstanding eleventh collection. Angel Hill will undoubtedly delight this great poet’s many admirers.


The pleasure of reviewing becomes a privilege when presented with poets and poetry of this quality... To adopt and adapt a phrase from The Beatles...Longley in [his]communion of the spirit and the soul gift[s] us with alchemical compounds, “saviours of the human race”.

Hayden Murphy, Herald Scotland

Thoughtful, elegant poems that celebrate family life, grandchildren, and a long marriage.

The Irish Times, Rosita Boland

Unafraid to capture the intimacies and specifics of this life, Longley is also one of the very few poets able to take us, time and again, to a place as “Wild and melodious” as the birdsong he celebrates.

Fran Brearton, Guardian

Lush and elegiac, delicate and muscular, melancholy and thrilling.

John Banville, Observer

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  • Trade Paperback


    June 15, 2017

    Jonathan Cape

    80 pages

    RRP $29.99

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Also by Michael Longley

The Stairwell
A Hundred Doors
Gorse Fires
Collected Poems
Snow Water
The Weather In Japan
Selected Poems


The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Odyssey
The Odyssey
Just Where You Left It... and Other Poems
The Temple
A Shropshire Lad
Lamia, Isabella, The Eve Of St Agnes And Other Poems
Songs Of Innocence And Experience
The Tower
Lyrical Ballads
Wessex Poems And Other Verses
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
Still Life with Feeding Snake
The Bone Flowers
Collected Poems
The Essential Ginsberg
Remember, Body...
The Night Is Darkening Round Me