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This is Yarrow

Tara Bergin

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ISBN: 978 1 847772 36 7
Categories: 21st Century, First Collections, Irish, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2013
211 x 132 x 10 mm
61 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), eBook (EPUB)
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  • …And when I woke and went to the window,
    your tender voice told me: this is yarrow,
    this is elder, this is the collared dove.

    from ‘This is Yarrow’
    The poems in Tara Bergin’s debut collection combine sensuous, supple lyricism with the unsettling familiarity of folklore, fairytale and dream. They are inhabited by characters who seem at first widely different from one another, yet share nervous energy, a troubled state of mind: ‘I am unwell, little crow, / I am unwell and far from home / where longing lives in my house’. In This is Yarrow Bergin gathers language from a wide range of sources and places to create a music and vision entirely her own.

    Looking at Lucy’s Painting of the Thames at Low Tide Without Lucy Present 
    Acting School 
    Water is Difficult 
    All Fools’ Day: An Academic Farewell 
    You Could Show a Horse 
    Himalayan Balsam for a Soldier 
    Sonnets for Tracey
    i. Permission to Fire 
    ii. Handbook 
    iii. X Prostitutism 
    iv. Tambour Café, Marienstr. 16
    Composition for the Left Hand 
    Christmas Window, Armistice Day 
    Sonnet for Catherine Who Never Turned Up 
    Military School 
    White Crow 
    The Undertaker’s Tale of the Notebook Measuring 1 x 2 cm 
    Red Flag 
    The Passion Flower 
    The Sick Child, at the Time of the Diamond Jubilee 
    Bridal Song 
    The Confession 
    The Pressed Iris 
    Pilinszky at the Tenshi no Tobira 
    Swiss Station Room 
    St Patrick’s Day Address, 1920 
    Photograph of Thérèse of Lisieux Holding Lilies 
    Studying the Fresco of St Nikolai of Myra 
    At the Garage 
    from The Ballad of Tom Gun 
    Training Camp, Whit Monday 
    My Personal Injuries Claim 
    Garrison Supermarket 
    At the Lakes with Roberta 
    Portrait of the Artist’s Wife as a Younger Woman 
    If Painting Isn’t Over 
    Queen of the Rodeo 
    This is Yarrow 

    Tara Bergin is from Dublin. Her first collection of poems, This is Yarrow, was published by Carcanet in 2013, and won the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize and the Shine/Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish author, and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. ... read more
    Awards won by Tara Bergin Winner, 2014 Shine/Strong Poetry Award Winner, 2014 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection Short-listed, 2014 Irish Times Poetry Now Award
    'Bergin succeeds in creating a clear voice and a dramatic situation. This is Yarrow is primarily a book of monologues, establishing voices whose skewed attitudes invite an engaged critical response from the reader. The monologues are sometimes reminiscent of Paul Durcan and at other times Sylvia Plath and they can be very cutting and funny at the expense of their speakers'
    John McAuliffe, Irish Times
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