10 Most Popular Love Poems by Martin Mc Carthy

Song at Nightfall

Song for the Real You

Ebb Tide


Rendezvous at Sundown

Entering the River


All 10 poems above are taken from a forthcoming poetry collection, titled The Book of Desire.
Introduction by Michael R. Burch. ( Read here )

Poems for Ukraine

Ukraine Sequence by Martin Mc Carthy

Words from an Air Raid Shelter


Escaping the Carnage

A Survivor Gives Thanks

Earlier versions of these poems for Ukraine were published by The HyperTexts and can be found on their Ukraine Poems page.

Lockdown Poems

Lockdown Sequence by Martin Mc Carthy

A Changed World

Reunion Song

After the Curfew


These poems are taken from the collection Lockdown. Published by Three Spires Press, Cork, 2021.

Poem for Derek Mahon

Renowned Irish poet, Derek Mahon, died on October 1st 2020, during the second Covid lockdown.

A week later, I visited Kinsale where he had lived for many years, and I sat down by the harbour thinking of all the sublime, well-crafted, late poems he had defiantly written against the clock. Then I wrote this elegy for him.

It’s called The Last Summit.

Southward 43: ‘Before the Onslaught’

Last autumn I was standing at my window, watching parents walking their kids to school, and one woman and her daughter really caught my eye, because it was such a cold, dark morning. So I went back to my desk near the heater and I wrote this poem for them.

It’s called Before the Onslaught, and it’s featured in Southward 43, which launches in Waterstones on February 2nd.