Derek Mahon

Irish poet

Derek Mahon (23 November 19411 October 2020) was an Irish poet.

Derek Mahon


  • It's practically my subject, my theme: solitude and community; the weirdness and terrors of solitude: the stifling and consolations of community. Also, the consolations of solitude.
    • Paris Review' 154, Spring 2000 [1]
  • And in a disused shed in Co. Wexford,
    Deep in the grounds of a burnt-out hotel,
    Among the bathtubs and the washbasins
    A thousand mushrooms crowd to a keyhole.
    • Poem A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford (lines 10-13); in The Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse ed. D. J. Enright

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