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Maurice Riordan

Riordan’s fifth collection of poems is both a dark art and an illuminating interrogation of contemporary anxiety and desire.

Format
Audio book
ISBN
9780571367146
Date Published
19.10.2021
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Summary

Throughout these poems, with their roaming sense of first-person, the speakers’ minds are cavernous and echoic, primal and sophisticated, observant and raw, in and out of control of themselves. The effect is unpredictable and thrilling, at once a dark art and an illumination of unease and loss and wishfulness. The collection features disquieting songs of a mutable self alongside poignant elegies, interior journeys and subtle (and not so subtle) ripostes to the legacy of Trumpism – while elsewhere encounters with ghostly feet and tongues of fire consort with riffs on Baudelaire, Rilke and Laforgue. These poems twinkle with mischief and humour, making for a pungent and haunting read. Riordan – a poet whose strong, rippling influence is felt by all in his wake – affirms his reputation at the forefront of contemporary poetry.

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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 The Water Stealer (2013). Floods (2000) was a Book of the Year in both the Sunday Times and the Irish Times, and The Holy Land (2007) won the Michael Hartnett Award.…

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