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.
Aidan Mathew's first book, published when he was twenty-one, was the colection of poems Windfalls. he had already won the Irish Times Award and the Patrick Kavanagh Award, and he went on to publish a second collection six years later, in 1983. Since then he has concentrated on drama and fiction - his first book of stories, Adventures in a Bathyscope, being shortlisted for the first GPA Award. The Italian edition of his Lipstick on the Host won the a Cavour Prize for Foreign Fiction.