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Herring Famine

Adam O'riordan


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ISBN: 9780701187972
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The poems of this dazzling second collection are of contradictory impulses: of abundance and famine, of absence and presence, of endings and new beginnings.
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  • Paperback
    $23.13
ISBN: 9780701187972
ANNOTATION:
The poems of this dazzling second collection are of contradictory impulses: of abundance and famine, of absence and presence, of endings and new beginnings.

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The poems of this dazzling second collection are of contradictory impulses: of abundance and famine, of absence and presence, of endings and new beginnings.

Publisher Description

The poems of this dazzling second collection are of contradictory impulses- of abundance and famine, of absence and presence, of endings and new beginnings. Here again are the intelligent, elegant and emotionally potent poems that are O'Riordan's trademark, yet pushes into bolder territories, from a herring famine of 1907 to the Strangeways Prison Riot of 1990.

Bounding place and time, and urging into being both the living and the dead, this crystalline collection captures the struggle, folly and wonder of the human heart.

Author Biography

Adam O'Riordan was born in Manchester in 1982, where he currently lives. In 2008 he became the youngest Poet-in-Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, the Centre for British Romanticism. His first collection In the Flesh (2010) win a Somerset Maugham Award. He is the Academic Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Review

"In poems of poised lyricism, the book revealed an obsession with the line between beauty and violence, but also a fear of erasure, finding consolation in poetry's potential to commemorate and commit to memory... Like Heaney's, O'Riordan's best poems reveal an unusually precise attention to the texture, weight and subtle music of language. "Glance from the barrel where the bones are bled", begins "Ghost Ranch". Read those lines of O'Riordan's aloud and they force your whole mouth into movement, a trick that the Irish master all but perfected, bringing language to life... O'Riordan has a genuine gift." -- Ben Wilkinson Guardian "Adam O'Riordan's poems combine verbal grace with powerful feelings and a keen intelligence that extends from the personal to the political with admirable ease" -- James Lasdun "Elegant, beautifully-turned poems that match an easy technique with a sophisticated intelligence" -- Nick Laird "Adam O'Riordan is the real thing" -- Hugo Williams

Product Details

Author
Adam O'riordan
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2017
ISBN-10
0701187972
ISBN-13
9780701187972
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2017-02-02
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Pages
80