Irish poet and critic, born in Co. Cork, Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he teaches medieval literature. The Weakness (1991) and Gunpowder (1995) are driven by a fascination with the unknowable nature of the poet's fellow humans, whether grotesques (‘O'Regan the Amateur Anatomist’) or innocents (‘A Nun Takes the Veil’). Here Nor There (1999) looks back to childhood in Cork, and confronts themes of ageing and exile. Outliving (2003) explores themes of Irish history and family memory. He also wrote Seamus Heaney and the Language of Poetry (1994).