Twentyone Men and a Ghost
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Twentyone Men and a Ghost

29pp  |  978-1-910367-09-4

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Matthew Sweeney was born in Donegal in 1952. His ten collections of poems have won or been shortlisted for many awards and his most recent book is Horse Music (Bloodaxe, 2013), winner of the inaugural Piggot Poetry Prize. A new book from Bloodaxe is scheduled for 2015. He is co-author with John Hartley Williams of the handbook, Writing Poetry and the satirical thriller, Death Comes for the Poets (Muswell Press, 2012). He has recently published a short stand-alone collection with Shoestring, and is editor of the classic anthologies Emergency Kit (with Jo Shapcott) and The New Faber Book of Children's Verse.

Twentyone Men and a Ghost is a compelling tour-de-force by a poet at the top of his game.


Sweeney's spells in Berlin and Transylvania have a strange aptness. They are places where the obsessives who wander through the sawn-off narratives of his poems might fancy ending up. On arrival they might reflect that they should have wished more carefully, but equally they would know there had been no choice but to follow where the impulse led'

- Sean O'Brien, The Guardian

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