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Selected Poems | Ciaran Carson
Ciaran Carson’s Selected Poems represents—while yet in full current—the early prodigious poetic creativity of one of Ireland’s great writers. This selection gathers poems from The New Estate (1976), The Irish for No (1987), Belfast Confetti (1989), First Language (1993), Opera Et Cetera (1996), The Alexandrine Plan (1998), and The Twelfth of Never (1998), all published in ...more
Paperback, 147 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Wake Forest University Press
(first published 2001)
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I found myself unable to stay engaged with this collection for more than a poem or two at a time, and then found that rereading the poems wasn't rewarding me. There always seemed to be something veiling them from me, as if one of us, reader or writer, is incapable of getting to the heart of things.
Ciaran Gerard Carson was born in 1948 in Belfast and educated at The Queen’s University, Belfast. He knows intimately not only the urban Belfast in which he was raised as a native Irish speaker, but also the traditions of rural Ireland. A traditional musician and a scholar of the Irish oral traditional, Carson was long the Traditional Arts Officer of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and is a ...moreMore about Ciaran Carson