A Smell of Fish
By (author) Matthew Sweeney
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Smell of Fish by Matthew Sweeney
Book DescriptionThe poems in A Smell of Fish connect and radiate like the spokes of a wheel: haiku, sestinas, poems beginning with a line by somebody else or sparked off by foreign travel, a version of Dante, a sea sequence set on the Suffolk coast, and - long overdue - Matthew Sweeney's own version of the old Irish poem where his namesake is turned into a bird. In this, his seventh collection, we are back in a world where all explanations are withheld. 'If Beckett and Kafka come to mind', as Sean O'Brien wrote in his essay on Sweeney in The Deregulated Muse, 'they are not simply influences but kindred imaginations'. So we encounter a valley mysteriously filling with the smell of fish, second-world-war planes reappearing over London, a secret attic mural of a naked ex-lover, a cosmonaut abandoned on the moon, and a subterranean tunnel that runs the length of Ireland. Whatever the subject, we are in the confident hands of one of the most imaginatively gifted poets now writing.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780224060677
(193mm x 132mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Matthew Sweeney
Horse Music, Paperback (February 2013)
Matthew Sweeney is one of our best-known poets - with a high profile in both Britain and Ireland - and moves from Cape to Bloodaxe with this collection.
Write Poetry and Get it Published: Teach Yourself, Paperback (April 2010)
Write Poetry - and Get It Published is a new edition of a long-standing and popular guide which offers you plenty of advice and ideas for inspiration as well as practical support for all aspects of the poetry writing and publication process.
Black Moon, Paperback (July 2007)
Negotiating the borders and hinterlands of Central and Eastern Europe - with occasional coracle trips or forays to Antarctica for a round of golf - the homesick flaneur surveys the surrounding devastation with the same mixture of fascination and alarm he feels when he discovers that the sweat-mark on his T-shirt makes a perfect map of Ireland.
Selected Poems of Walter De La Mare, Paperback (April 2006)» View all books by Matthew Sweeney
This selection combines poems written for adults and children, the latter of which W. H. Auden commends as unrivalled in their 'revelation of the wonders of the English language...'
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Author Biography - Matthew Sweeney
Matthew Sweeney was born in Donegal. Apart from his poetry, he has written children's fiction and edited three anthologies, Beyond Bedlam (with Ken Smith), Emergency Kit (with Jo Shapcott) and the New Faber Book of Children's Verse. Cape published his Selected Poems in 2002, and Sanctuary in 2004.
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