Derek Mahon, Twelve Poems (Festival Publications: Queen's University of Belfast, 1967) (TCD OLS-B-13-240no.1) by permission of the Board of Trinity College Dublin
This early pamphlet preceded Mahon's first full collection. Other poets published in the same series included Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Philip Hobsbaum, an indication of the flowering of poetic talent in Belfast at this time.
The poet Derek Mahon read English, French and Philosophy as an undergraduate at Trinity College Dublin between 1960 and 1965. He was not a conscientious student. His time at the college was interrupted due to academic ill-discipline, with periods spent away in London and Paris, which stretched 'a typical four-year course to five' (Ennis 2014, 46, 56, 63). As he has admitted of his years at university: 'Work? I hardly did a hand's turn' (Mahon 2012, 238). Yet Mahon might be viewed as a Trinity writer in ways that extend beyond his studies (or lack thereof) at the college. He found there an environment that nourished his literary talents and memories of undergraduate life have more recently offered him an emotional anchor to return to amid a peripatetic literary career.
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I look at how black images have been defined in the past and hope that my work continues to redefine how we, the “other” here and around the globe, see black folks.From Patrick Sylvain, a Haitian-American poet, essayist and instructor of Haitian Language and Culture at Brown University, who also writes about landscape, as in :
When I met Derek Walcott in the fall of 1989, I had no idea that I was in the presence of a Herculean poet.
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Photo by Ulf Andersen/Getty ImagesFrom , a Jamaican poet and essayist, who also examines the Caribbean’s colonial history:
Derek’s works proves and sustains what Hemingway — an author he revered — calls “grace under pressure,” which I take to mean a duty to poetry, a faith in its craft without compromise in spite of failure or success.