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Paperback, 94 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Wake Forest University Press (first published January 28th 1997)
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Jan 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Medbh McGuckian and I are probably never going to be bff. Her poems are striking and beautiful, but I've read this whole collection twice now, and I am still not exactly sure what any particular poem is about. I am beginning to think I picked up a volume of cast-offs from her other collections. The poems are more atmospheric, mood pieces about feeling and subconscious rather than actual events or narrative. And they all run together so much so that I can't name a single one. I feel like I need t ...more
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Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Every single poem is a pure art and beauty. I got goose bumps from beginning to end. I have never read such quaint, charming, pregnant similes and images before.
These are a bunch of sentences from her poem The Aisling Hat:
''Your Promethean head radiated
ash-blue quartz, your blue-black hair
some feathered, Paleolithic arrow head''

Feb 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry

"there seems only to be this one way of happening,
and a poem to prove it has happened."

-from "Marconi's Cottage"

"...I could escape
from any other prison but my own
unjust pursuit of justice
that turns one sort of poetry into another."

-from "The Albert Chain"
Dec 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
McGuckian is AMAZING. Those five stars are for her fabulousness. Language, metaphor, fire.
I'm actually sorry to have this book of selected poems rather than each individual book with all her poems.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Read in '97. I have a terrible memory. I need to reread this one as well.
Nov 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Her writing gets better as the book (and time) progresses. Complex and beautiful. She is the queen of similes.
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Medbh McGuckian was born in Belfast on 12 August 1950 and educated at a Dominican convent and Queen's University, Belfast. She has worked as a teacher and an editor and is a former Writer in Residence at Queen's University, Belfast (1985-8).

Her first published poems appeared in two pamphlets, Single Ladies: Sixteen Poems and Portrait of Joanna, in 1980, the year in which she received an Eric Grego
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