Matthew Sweeney's eleventh collection of poems is haunted by mortality, by other worlds and far-flung places, by visitations and violent events like the Spanish Inquisition. The poems are imaginative riffs featuring troubling companions and troublesome thoughts: ghosts and spirits, anger and guilt, crows and horses, a runaway calf and a footballing elephant. And yet amid the outlandish adventures and macabre musings in Inquisition Lane, other notes are also sounded: the poems can be lyrical as well as exuberant, saddened as well as extravagant. Dear friends are remembered. Faith is questioned. The Catholic Church is interrogated. German monks zoom by on Harley-Davidsons and chocolate is mined by French monks beneath the Madeleine in Paris.
Matthew Sweeney was born in Co. Donegal, and lived in London from 1973 until the late 90s. After living in Berlin and Timisoara for some years, he returned to Ireland and now lives in Cork, where he is writer in residence at University College Cork. His books include two collections from Secker and five books from Cape: The Bridal Suite (1997), A Smell of Fish (2000), Selected Poems (2002), Sanctuary (2004), Black Moon (2007). Black Moon (Cape, 2007) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. His latest books are The Night Post (Salt, 2010), a selection from earlier collections; Horse Music (Bloodaxe Books, 2013), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; and Inquisition Lane (Bloodaxe Books, 2015). He is a member of Aosdana.
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