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Pandemonium

Thomas McCarthy

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ISBN: 978 1 784102 96 8
Categories: 21st Century, Irish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 2016
216 x 135 x 7 mm
88 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle), eBook (PDF)
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  • ‘Come, let us
    Walk back to the year when we last borrowed money, let us

    Ease our quantitative selves: the bird that stole my pay cheque
    Has left the land in winter clothes, is never coming back.’
    Shortlisted for the 2017 Irish Times/Poetry Now Award

    Written in the wake of Ireland’s 2008 economic collapse, Thomas McCarthy’s Pandemonium moves between lament and protest in search of a meaningful response in language. Many of the poems were written during a period of retreat along Ireland’s south-west coast, a landscape that imbues McCarthy’s politics with geological intensity. The Atlantic horizon ‘where the sun lies down in the west to die’ is mirrored inland by corruption and rot, a modern Ireland beset, in the poet’s eyes, by financial and moral pandemonium.

    McCarthy’s subtle satiric wit and understated lyricism preserve raw outrage as historical document. His poems register the moral ire of many during a pivotal era of Irish history, leading with the poet’s only weapon, the word – ‘the ink trail that pain makes on the page’.
    Thomas McCarthy was born in Co. Waterford in 1954. He was educated at University College Cork and worked for many years at Cork City Libraries. He now writes fulltime. He is the author of several collections of poetry, most notably The Sorrow Garden (1981), The Lost Province (1996) and Merchant Prince ... read more
    Awards won by Thomas McCarthy Short-listed, 2017 Irish Times/Poetry Now Award (Pandemonium)
    'Pandemonium's urgent, involving and rewarding poems make us question where we have come from and look again at where we are going.'
    The Irish Times
    'His voice - with its idiosyncratic tone and verbal texture - “ registered firmly as one of the most distinctive and it is now one of the most authoritative among poets of his generation. The weight of that authority and his mastery of a personal tone are evident in this fine new collection.'
    Dublin Review of Books
    'No other poet comes to mind, living or dead, who has succeeded in engaging the political as poetic subject matter . . . McCarthy, it would seem, has been able to internalize the subject matter and given it the time to cool down and clarify, until his art can give it a shape.'
    August Kleinzahler
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