THE HEN ARK Poems by Mark Roper _________________________________________________________________________________
Mark Roper is an Englishman (born in 1951 in Derbyshire) who went to live near Waterford in Ireland in 1980. He has been writing poetry since the start of the Waterford Writers’ Workshop. In this fine first collection he often writes about people whose lives have been frustrated in some fundamental way, yet whose memory somehow persists down the years. He has the ability to light up both dark corners of history and dark corners of our own day in poems whose language is always sensuous, original and right. Many of the poems in this collection first appeared in Poetry Ireland and other leading Irish journals. Ten of these poems were represented in Peterloo Preview 2.