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University Press

Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

Belfast Confetti

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Belfast Confetti, Ciaran Carson’s third book of poetry, weaves together in a carefully sequenced volume prose pieces, long poems, lyrics, and haiku. His subjects include the permeable boundaries of Belfast neighborhoods, of memory, of public and private fear, and, indeed, of the forms of language and art. Carson finds unexpected uses—constructive and destructive—of the building rubble of Belfast history. Rich in lore of place, these innovative and vividly fresh poems draw deeply on traditions—oral, local, and literary.


Reviews

Belfast Confetti is one of the most exciting and innovative collections of Northern Irish poetry to be published in recent years. . . . Many of the poems are written in the fluent, ironic narrative style of the last book, with long, energetic lines charting the flow of the gutsy barroom banter of the various speakers. But the overall impression conveyed is of the poet’s sure control of language, his active ear for the rhythms and diction of real speech, and his deft ability to juxtapose very different speech registers in the same stanza or line . . .”
– Jonathan Allison, Irish Literary Supplement

“One of the most gifted imaginations in contemporary poetry.”
– Douglas Dunn, Irish Literary Supplement

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Description

Belfast Confetti, Ciaran Carson’s third book of poetry, weaves together in a carefully sequenced volume prose pieces, long poems, lyrics, and haiku. His subjects include the permeable boundaries of Belfast neighborhoods, of memory, of public and private fear, and, indeed, of the forms of language and art. Carson finds unexpected uses—constructive and destructive—of the building rubble of Belfast history. Rich in lore of place, these innovative and vividly fresh poems draw deeply on traditions—oral, local, and literary.


Reviews

Belfast Confetti is one of the most exciting and innovative collections of Northern Irish poetry to be published in recent years. . . . Many of the poems are written in the fluent, ironic narrative style of the last book, with long, energetic lines charting the flow of the gutsy barroom banter of the various speakers. But the overall impression conveyed is of the poet’s sure control of language, his active ear for the rhythms and diction of real speech, and his deft ability to juxtapose very different speech registers in the same stanza or line . . .”
– Jonathan Allison, Irish Literary Supplement

“One of the most gifted imaginations in contemporary poetry.”
– Douglas Dunn, Irish Literary Supplement

Additional information

Publication date:

1989

Pages:

110

Binding:

paperback