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Description - Floods by Maurice Riordan

Floods, Maurice Riordan's second collection, continues the preoccupation with instability and flux voiced in his earlier A Word from the Loki, a Poetry Book Society Choice. These poems recall the humanist tradition of poetry as a means for imparting knowledge about the observable world; but they also mix ancient wisdom (signs and wonders) with the science of the quantum age. The old and new coexist - interrogating the book's epigraph that 'time is what keeps everything from happening at once' - and this informs the more personal poems: childhood memories of Ireland and poems of irretrievable loss tempered with the intimation that time's arrow is not, perhaps, relentlessly linear.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571204625
ISBN-10: 0571204627
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Maurice Riordan

Maurice Riordan was born in 1953 in Lisgoold, Co. Cork. His first collection, A Word from the Loki (1995) was nominated for the T. S. Eliot Prize, as was his most recent, The Water Stealer (2013). Floods (2000) was a Book of the Year in both the Sunday Times and Irish Times, and The Holy Land (2007) won the Michael Hartnett Award. He lives in London and has taught at Imperial College and Goldsmiths College, and is currently Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University. In 2013 Riordan was appointed Editor of Poetry Review.

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