poet Derek Mahon

Derek Mahon

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Derek Mahon (born 23 November 1941) is a Northern Irish poet. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Mahon was born the only child of Ulster Protestant working class parents. His father and grandfather worked at Harland and Wolff while his mother worked at a local flax mill. During his childhood, he claims he was something of a solitary dreamer, comfortable with his own company yet aware of the world around him. Interested in literature from an early age, he attended Skegoneill Primary school and then the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.
At Inst he encountered fellow students who shared his interest in literature and poetry. The school produced a magazine to which Mahon ... more »

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  • Robert James Edwards (10/3/2020 5:04:00 PM)

    I didn't know who Derek was
    during his life, before his loss
    I find that very sad, because
    there's always rhyme inside my head
    that's never written, never read,
    or in the night, sometimes I might
    jot down some lines in subdued light
    then dawn will judge somnolent fudge
    not worthy of the poet's art, indeed
    fit only to be tinder at the fire's start

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  • Jamela king (10/2/2020 4:34:00 PM)

    I know Kavanagh, Heaney, Yeats and now so happy to discover
    In 82nd year Derek Mahon. Refugees and exiles do delight in discovering
    Poets of their adopted lands!

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Best Poem of Derek Mahon

The Thunder Shower

A blink of lightning, then
a rumor, a grumble of white rain
growing in volume, rustling over the ground,
drenching the gravel in a wash of sound.
Drops tap like timpani or shine
like quavers on a line.

It rings on exposed tin,
a suite for water, wind and bin,
plinky Poulenc or strongly groaning Brahms'
rain-strings, a whole string section that describes
the very shapes of thought in warm
self-referential vibes


and spreading ripples. Soon
the whispering roar is a recital.
Jostling rain-crowds, clamorous and vital,
struggle in runnels ...

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