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ISBN: 978 1 857545 74 6
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2002
216 x 135 x 8 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Down the church gravel where the bridal car
Gleams at the gate among the waifs and strays
And women of Milewater, formal wear
And fashion's joker hats wink in the breeze.
Past, the hushed progress under sprays of broom
And choirs of altar lilies, when all eyes
Went brimming with her and the white-lipped groom
Brought her to kneel beside him. Past, the sighs;
Ahead lies the gaiety of her father's hall
Thrown open to the chatter of champagne,
The poised photographer, the flying veil,
The motors crowded on the squandered lawn.
Down the bright gravel stroll the families
With Blood, the trader, profiting in their peace.
from Downstream (1962) included in Collected PoemsI
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 fo 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
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.'
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