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Collected Poems

Thomas Kinsella

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ISBN: 978 1 857545 73 9
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: October 2001
225 x 143 x 20 mm
382 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Scylla and Charybdis

    Abstracted, sour, as he reaches across a dish
    Of plaice, his hand on a tray of birds, O'Neill
    Unplugs the weary fan: flat heaps of fish
    Exhale. He watched Reynolds grope and pile
    His window opposite with melons, fresh
    Leather of cabbages, oranges...and smile.

    Wiping his gamy hands he turns and thirsts
    Abruptly for clay and fragrances, until it seems
    The South in a sweet globe sinks to his lips and bursts.
    And yet red-wristed Reynolds dreams and dreams
    That he flies with the snipe in the sparse bracken, or thrusts
    Cold muscle tp the depths and dumbly screams.

    I have slipped at evening through that ghostly quarrel,
    Making a third, to round the simple moral.

    Thomas Kinsella stands apart in modern Irish poetry. His work, employing traditional and modernist elements in individual poems and open sequences, deals in a range of subjects from the most intense and psychic privacy to political satire and social commentary, from love and the enabling feminine to metaphysical speculation in a variety of earthly settings.
    Awards won by Thomas Kinsella Commended, 2007 Poetry Book Society
    (Selected Poems)
    Praise for Thomas Kinsella 'The most complex and multi-layered of the Peppercanister poems...taken with the 1968 and 1973 volumes and some of the earlier poems may comprise the most challenging, most achieved, and therefore most rewarding body of poetry from the British Isles over the past half-century.'
    The Cambridge History of Irish Literature
     'With unique memorability and force these poems, in the words of 'Belief and Unbelief'€™, coax us to follow their author in search of understanding 'back to the dark / and the depths that I came from'. No one who cares about poetry should hesitate to embark on the journey.'
    The Guardian
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