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Wake Forest University Press

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Selected Poems | Ciaran Carson

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Ciaran Carson’s Selected Poems represents—while yet in full current—the early prodigious poetic creativity of one of Ireland’s great writers. This selection gathers poems from The New Estate (1976), The Irish for No (1987), Belfast Confetti (1989), First Language (1993), Opera Et Cetera (1996), The Alexandrine Plan (1998), and The Twelfth of Never (1998), all published in North America by Wake Forest University Press.

In their play, these books plumb and delve so deeply that they touch and transform philosophical, political, and religious ideas. As the English poet Glyn has said, “Time and again, Carson refracts the barren and weary images of Northern Ireland, the graffiti, troops and peace wall, into the infinite possibilities of the Otherwise.”


Reviews

“The selections from each of the seven books of poetry . . . allow a reader to see the progression and transformation of this enormously inventive poet across twenty-five years . . . This volume is a real opportunity for American readers to get a sense of the reach and imagination of this major Irish poet.”
– Kevin Murphy, Irish Literary Supplement

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Ciaran Carson’s Selected Poems represents—while yet in full current—the early prodigious poetic creativity of one of Ireland’s great writers. This selection gathers poems from The New Estate (1976), The Irish for No (1987), Belfast Confetti (1989), First Language (1993), Opera Et Cetera (1996), The Alexandrine Plan (1998), and The Twelfth of Never (1998), all published in North America by Wake Forest University Press.

In their play, these books plumb and delve so deeply that they touch and transform philosophical, political, and religious ideas. As the English poet Glyn has said, “Time and again, Carson refracts the barren and weary images of Northern Ireland, the graffiti, troops and peace wall, into the infinite possibilities of the Otherwise.”


Reviews

“The selections from each of the seven books of poetry . . . allow a reader to see the progression and transformation of this enormously inventive poet across twenty-five years . . . This volume is a real opportunity for American readers to get a sense of the reach and imagination of this major Irish poet.”
– Kevin Murphy, Irish Literary Supplement

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2001

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