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A Look in the Mirror and other poems

Padraic Fallon

Edited by Brian Fallon

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Categories: 21st Century, Irish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (144 pages)
(Pub. Sep 2003)
£8.95 £8.05
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  • Create me, says the poet, I am a body
    For every word, and the large word that was lost
    And the word you'd throw a dog;
    Transform me who travel towards infinity
    In a makeshift monologue.
        from 'Johnstown Castle'
    Introduction by Eavan Boland

    'There are poets who make sense in their poems,' writes Eavan Boland in her introduction to this selection. 'And then there are poets who also make sense of the literature they belong to, and continue to shed light on it whenever their work is read. Padraic Fallon belongs to this second category. His poems continue to illuminate us.'

    Fallon published little in his lifetime, but is now recognised as a major poet. He inherited a tradition of Irish culture redefined by Yeats, and contributed to it poems that combine lyricism with ironic clearsightedness. Responding to the landscapes and history of Ireland, Fallon looks outwards, too, to European literature and the complexities of the modern world. This new selection presents a generous range of his poetry, with notes and a biographical outline by his son Brian Fallon

    Padraic Fallon comes to us now as much a contemporary as he was when he began.
        Seamus Heaney
    Padraic Fallon
    PADRAIC FALLON was born in Athenry, Co. Galway in 1905. He moved to Dublin while he was in his teens, and his first poems were published there by George Russell. He married in 1930, and had six sons, of whom four survive. His middle years were spent in Wexford, and it ... read more
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