Aidan Mathews

According to the Small Hours
  • According to the Small Hours

  • In this, his first collection of poems in fifteen years, Aidan Mathews brings together the sacred and the profane, playful and profound, the iconic and the everyday - illuminating the variousness and commonality of human experience. These poems wear their erudition lightly: dazzling us with their fresh observations, the strangely intimate details ('mice among the breadcrumbs of the Last Supper') and a fluid, metaphysical wit that can link a saint's matyrdom to a Sunday roast.

    Mercurial, passionate and always surprising, According to the Small Hours is a triumphant return to the form.

Born in 1956 and brought up in Dublin, Aidan Mathews won prestigious poetry prizes when he was scarcely out of his teens and had his first collection published at twenty-one with a second six years later in 1983. His third collection, According to the Small Hours, was published in 1998.

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