Love’s Bonfire

Tom Paulin

Love’s Bonfire is the much anticipated new collection of poetry from Tom Paulin.

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Tom Paulin’s first collection since The Road to Inver in 2004, Love’s Bonfire sets poems about early life and marriage beside up-to-the minute and minutely registered perceptions of post-settlement Ireland. At the book’s centre are delicately inward versions of the contemporary Palestinian poet Walid Khazendar, which resonate with the proximity of other lives, other exiles and destinies, as of an autobiography by other means.

‘Who entered my room when I was outand moved the vase on the mantelpiece just a tad?who skewed that print – a Crusader – on the far wall?and those pages loose on my deskthey’re a shade dishevelled aren’t they?’
[from ‘Belongings’]


Tom Paulin was born in Leeds in 1949 but grew up in Belfast, and was educated at the universities of Hull and Oxford. He has published nine collections of poetry as well as a Selected Poems 1972-1990, two major anthologies, two versions of Greek drama, and several critical works, including The Day-Star of Liberty: William Hazlitt’s Radical Style and, most…

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