The Holy Land
By (author) Maurice Riordan
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Holy Land by Maurice Riordan
Book DescriptionAt the heart of Maurice Riordan's third collection is a sequence of eighteen dramatic idylls set in rural Cork in the 1950s, in which the subdued microcosm of farm and smallholding - of boundary, townland and parish - is defined through the individual voices of the poet's father and assorted friends, farmhands and neighbours. The settings of these loosely contiguous fragments almost casually define a historical community, ranging around farm and fields, through furze and ragwort, headland and plantation, haggard and Bog - tracing the immemorial scenes of traditional farming life. The tentative oral fluidity of these remarkable poems flickers on the borderline of prose, resolving complexities into an impression of timeless pastoral life, at once archaic yet precisely pitched in time. Other poems in "The Holy Land" proffer alternative forms of capture and recapture, and resemble light-sensitive plates storing and restoring what one poem refers to as 'the understory'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571234646
(198mm x 129mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Maurice Riordan
Finest Music, Paperback (March 2017)
In a series of timeless and modern-day renditions, the author introduces us to the poems that founded Ireland's rich literature.
Water Stealer, Paperback (March 2015)
Includes poems that report on worlds both robust and delicate, from boisterous pub-bluff to the oxygen bubble of an exquisite underwater spider. This title concludes with 'The Pilgrim' - that hovers eerily 'in patrol of the edges', wherever they may be located.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Hardback (September 2011)
Provides an introduction to Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of the most important poets in our literature.
Dark Matter, Paperback (October 2008)» View all books by Maurice Riordan
Poets have long been stargazers, moved by the strange infinities of the universe to translate them into metaphor and song. This title features commissioned works that are complemented by the editors' selection of well-known and lesser-known poems from across the ages.
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Author Biography - Maurice Riordan
Maurice Riordan has published two collections of poetry, A Word from the Loki (1995) and Floods (2000). He teaches creative writing at Imperial College London.
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