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Wake Forest
University Press

Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

Until Before After

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Following the publication of Collected Poems, and the critically acclaimed For All We Know, Ciaran Carson has produced in just over one short but powerfully felt year two extraordinary volumes of poetry, Until Before After and On the Night Watch.

Until Before After is separated into three sections (until, before, after) and each poem in each section includes a relevant preposition from the title of that section. Like its companion volume, Until Before After reflects on a period of illness in the family. With these brief philosophical excursions, Carson rivals Beckett in his efforts to show how the contemporary artist must struggle to chart the flux of experience, no matter how heartfelt are its terms.


Reviews

“The poems here are made up of short couplets dominated by a haunting use of monosyllables, so that sentences are slowed right down and the gradual unfolding of syntax allows possible meanings to emerge and flicker past . . . Here familiar phrases become disjointed and individual words are carefully foregrounded before their place in the sentence becomes apparent. An extraordinarily prolific writer, Carson has always been fascinated by form, each book adopting a fresh architecture, a fresh way of shaping and arranging his material; this new collection is divided into three impressively crafted sections, each consisting of 17 groups of three poems.”
– Charles Bainbridge, The Guardian

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Following the publication of Collected Poems, and the critically acclaimed For All We Know, Ciaran Carson has produced in just over one short but powerfully felt year two extraordinary volumes of poetry, Until Before After and On the Night Watch.

Until Before After is separated into three sections (until, before, after) and each poem in each section includes a relevant preposition from the title of that section. Like its companion volume, Until Before After reflects on a period of illness in the family. With these brief philosophical excursions, Carson rivals Beckett in his efforts to show how the contemporary artist must struggle to chart the flux of experience, no matter how heartfelt are its terms.


Reviews

“The poems here are made up of short couplets dominated by a haunting use of monosyllables, so that sentences are slowed right down and the gradual unfolding of syntax allows possible meanings to emerge and flicker past . . . Here familiar phrases become disjointed and individual words are carefully foregrounded before their place in the sentence becomes apparent. An extraordinarily prolific writer, Carson has always been fascinated by form, each book adopting a fresh architecture, a fresh way of shaping and arranging his material; this new collection is divided into three impressively crafted sections, each consisting of 17 groups of three poems.”
– Charles Bainbridge, The Guardian

Additional information

Publication date:

2010

Pages:

114

Binding:

Paperback with flaps