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This is Yarrow
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
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.
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
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
iii. X Prostitutism
iv. Tambour Café, Marienstr. 16
Composition for the Left Hand
Christmas Window, Armistice Day
Sonnet for Catherine Who Never Turned Up
The Undertaker’s Tale of the Notebook Measuring 1 x 2 cm
The Passion Flower
The Sick Child, at the Time of the Diamond Jubilee
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
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
Awards won by Tara Bergin Short-listed, 2017 Listowel Writers' Week Irish Poem of the Year ('Bride and Moth', published in The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx) Short-listed, 2017 The T.S. Eliot Prize (The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx) Short-listed, 2017 The Forward Prize for Best Collection (The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx) Commended, 2017 Poetry Book Society Recommendation (The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx) 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 Praise for Tara Bergin 'Bergin's collection is ambitious in ideas and form. She juggles theoretical and formal concerns, slipping between jarring syntax and musical, lyrical phrases with an impressive ease that, at its best, mixes ironic detachment with authentic emotional response. This collection wrangles skilfully with allusion, fragmentary forms and the poetâs own processes of composition.'
An Irish Times Best Book of the Year 2017 'Bergin's best poems have an atmosphere of unassuming sadness.'
The Times Best Books of the Year 2017
'The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx seems to step into the breach and breathe new, memorable ways into writing the underexplored past.'
The Poetry School
'Bergin's collection is a hall of mirrors and its reflections are comic, grotesque and extraordinary.'
John Field on the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize shortlist newsletter
'Bergin's Gothic imagination - precise, claustrophobic, yet full of vertiginous perspectives - makes her a perfect guide to these frightened, frightening times.'
'An exhilarating read, daring, original and very funny.'
John McAuliffe, The Irish Times
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