Rún is the Old Norse spelling of ‘rune’ and it came into Irish where it means ‘inscription’, ‘intent’, ‘secret’, and by extension a secret or treasured love.  It has also been borrowed into Finnish where ‘runo’ means ‘poem’. The poets Robert Graves and Valentin Iremonger in a correspondence in 1944 described poetry as ‘a shared secret’.

Rune Press publishes substantial collections of poems, and books about poetry, by poets whose work is already known through previous publications. Its imprint, Parmenides Books (www.parmenidesbooks.ie) publishes ‘crossover’ books between literature and neuroscience.

THE RUNE POCKET POEMS series was launched in June 2014 in Dublin and London with The Poems of Valentin Iremonger and The Poems of Martin Seymour-Smithsee an article from The Irish Times here.

Rune Press Pocket Poems continues with Seán Haldane’s The Hugger Mugger, a selection from his six previous collections of poems.

The Hugger Mugger – Seán Haldane

Seán Haldane, born in 1943, is the author of six collections of poems, two historical crime novels, and four books on psychology and neuroscience. He lives in England and Canada.

I like Seán’s poems: clean, accurate and no nonsense…. They make sense, which is rare these days.’
Robert Graves (1968)

‘Imaginative and always intelligent… impressive and moving.’
Martin Seymour-Smith (1986)

‘He can be sure of his place among the English poets.’
Robert Nye (1993)

‘The poems display… a consistent voice, which mark them out as written by Seán Haldane and no other.’
David Cameron (2009)

‘Not unlike walking very close to a waterfall. Things sparkle and flash on all sides.’

Helena Nelson (2010)


The Bright Tethers – David Cameron

This first collection from this award-winning poet who, as Seamus Heaney remarked, ‘provides an answer to Frost’s wish for poems about subjects common in experience but rare in books.’

David Cameron was born in Glasgow in 1966 and lives in N Ireland. He is the author of two books of fiction, Rousseau Moon and The Ghost of Alice Fields, and in 2014 won the Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry.

Although many of his poems are about ordinary things, they are not ordinary poems. Robert Nye described Cameron’s writing as possessing ‘a quality of verbal alchemy by which it transmutes the base matter of common experience into something like gold’.

The Poems of Valentin Iremonger

Máire mhac an tSaoi wrote: ‘Valentin Iremonger, both as a poet and as a human being, radiated integrity. Complete poems from, as Iremonger put it, ‘the only place where poetry can be found – in the everyday life of the people around. With the complete text of his verse play for radio, Wrap up my Green Jacket.


The Poems of Martin Seymour-Smith

Contains all poems from his published volumes, a selection of translations, and unpublished poems. This collection enables Seymour-Smith, widely known as a critic and encyclopaedist of literature, to take his rightful place as a pre-eminent 20th century English poet.