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Wake Forest
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Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

Selected Poems | Michael Longley

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This is Michael Longley’s own selection from thirty years of writing. It reveals the strength and coherence of an extraordinary body of work, which has been celebrated—in Britain and Ireland, but also in the United States—for its lyric intensity, metaphysical wit, and thematic and formal range.

Includes selections from No Continuing City (1969), An Exploded View (1973), Man Lying on a Wall (1976), The Echo Gate (1979), New PoemsGorse Fires (1991), and The Ghost Orchid (1995)


Reviews

“His work indicates one of the gifts of the major poet, of making the one life speak for all, and its corollary, of seeming to be able to speak to anyone.”
– Sean O’Brien

“Longley has all the necessary gifts—precision, the celebrant’s tongue, and that touch of mystery that sets certain poets apart.”
– George Mackey Brown

“His measured rhythms, skillfully crafted metaphors and elaborate syntax always insist on poetry’s origins in ceremony, its powers to commemorate and dignify.”
– Mark Ford

“A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders.”
– Seamus Heaney

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This is Michael Longley’s own selection from thirty years of writing. It reveals the strength and coherence of an extraordinary body of work, which has been celebrated—in Britain and Ireland, but also in the United States—for its lyric intensity, metaphysical wit, and thematic and formal range.

Includes selections from No Continuing City (1969), An Exploded View (1973), Man Lying on a Wall (1976), The Echo Gate (1979), New PoemsGorse Fires (1991), and The Ghost Orchid (1995)


Reviews

“His work indicates one of the gifts of the major poet, of making the one life speak for all, and its corollary, of seeming to be able to speak to anyone.”
– Sean O’Brien

“Longley has all the necessary gifts—precision, the celebrant’s tongue, and that touch of mystery that sets certain poets apart.”
– George Mackey Brown

“His measured rhythms, skillfully crafted metaphors and elaborate syntax always insist on poetry’s origins in ceremony, its powers to commemorate and dignify.”
– Mark Ford

“A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders.”
– Seamus Heaney

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Publication date:

1999

Pages:

132

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