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The Greek Anthology, Book XVII
ISBN: 978 1 906188 05 4
Categories: 21st Century, Irish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 2012
216 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
The Greek Anthology is a treasure of the ancient world, sixteen books of poems, amatory, religious, elegiac, and satirical, written over the course of more than a millennium. And now at last the legendary Book XVII has surfaced. As full of poems that are delightfully unlike each other as Books I-XVI, here is a trove.
Best, perhaps, to think of it as 'Book XVII'. For Greg Delanty's renderings are not only imaginative, they deal in the imaginary. The poets whom Delanty has called into being have names at once ancient and modern, at once from this land and from that. The living and the enduring enjoy one another's playful respect: Kincellas Major, Longlius, Rosanna Daedalus and Clara Kritikos. And among the poets here also is Heanius, who dedicated one of his own poems to another poet to be met in Book XVII, one Gregory of Corkus.
Unprecedented, this collection, in more ways than one. Great company, they speak and sing, thanks to Greg Delanty.
Praise for Greg Delanty There is real originality of technique controlling the strong emotional currents [in his poems]. - James McAuley, Poetry Ireland Review
Fascinatingly intimate, open and unashamedly domestic. - Colin Graham, The Irish Times
Like Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley, Delanty regards himself as a poet of the hearth illuminating greater truths about the world and the politics of living through the ties that bind us. - Kathryn Gray, Times Literary Supplement
Delanty writes poems that are wordily appealing in the way that Hopkins and late Auden appeal. - Times Literary Supplement
The Blind Stitch is a tour de force. - The Irish Examiner
These poems seem entirely right. - South China (Hong Kong) Morning Post
'A heady mix of different registers of language...All in all a drum roll is in order.' - Matthew Sweeney, The Observer.
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