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This Landscape’s Fierce Embrace

The Poetry of Francis Harvey

Editor(s): Donna L. Potts
Contributors: Greagoir O Duill;

Book Description

The poet and playwright Francis Harvey, born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, has spent most of his life in County Donegal, where he has published an extraordinary range of poetry and served as a mentor for many other poets. This book serves as a tribute to him and his literary achievement. His admirers from Ireland and around the world have collaborated in a collection that includes paintings and photographs of the Donegal landscape about which he writes so movingly, personal essays and poems celebrating his poetry, and critical essays that explore Harvey’s major themes in greater depth. Although Harvey’s poems have received critical acclaim – his poem, ‘Heron’ won the 1989 Guardian and World Wildlife Fund Poetry Competition; he was the recipient of the Peterloo Poets Prize; and went on to be elected to the prestigious affiliation of Irish artists, Aosdána – this is the long overdue first book-length critical study of his work.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5166-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5166-3
Date of Publication: 01/11/2013
Pages / Size: 130 / A5
Price: £39.99


Donna L. Potts is a Professor at Washington State University, after having taught at Kansas State University for twenty-two years. She held a Fulbright lecturing award at the National University of Ireland in Galway from 1997 to 1998; returned there on sabbatical 2004-05; and again in 2011, for a fellowship in the Centre for Irish Studies. Her fellowship permitted her to travel to Donegal to interview Francis Harvey, and, with the support of the Centre, she began research and an edited collection on Harvey. In addition to many articles on Irish poetry, she has written books on poetry, including Howard Nemerov and Objective Idealism: The Influence of Owen Barfield (Missouri 1992) and Contemporary Irish Poetry and the Pastoral Tradition (Missouri 2011), as well as a book of poetry, Waking Dreams (Salmon 2012).