Adam's Dream

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In Adam's Dream, his second book of poems, Peter McDonald combines bold experiments in imagining the past with the kinds of formal control and invention which have marked his previous work. The ambitions and trials of the eighteenth-century Scottish architect Robert Adam feature alongside rewritings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Victorian fantasies and accounts of strange business in a modern Argentinian mausoleum. Throughout the book, in both the shorter poems and the longer pieces of dramatic monologue, as well ...
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In Adam's Dream, his second book of poems, Peter McDonald combines bold experiments in imagining the past with the kinds of formal control and invention which have marked his previous work. The ambitions and trials of the eighteenth-century Scottish architect Robert Adam feature alongside rewritings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Victorian fantasies and accounts of strange business in a modern Argentinian mausoleum. Throughout the book, in both the shorter poems and the longer pieces of dramatic monologue, as well as in the closing sequence of sonnets, McDonald dwells on subtle and troubling themes of reproduction, forgery and decay, inhabiting past and present with a complex originality. These poems put into play a linguistic alertness and a sense of lyric form which will secure McDonald's place at the forefront of the younger generation of Northern Irish poets.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852243333
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
  • Publication date: 12/17/1996
  • Pages: 62
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Flat sonnet: the situation 11
Meissen 12
On a good day 14
Reno 15
Endtime 16
Breakfast 17
Bitter 18
The Brancusi room 19
A hard place 20
The glen 21
There again 22
The creatures 23
Peacetime 24
Five circumstances 25
From the porch 26
An eclipse 27
The passions 29
Delaval 30
On show 32
First principles 33
Point A 33
Eidolon 34
Walking in the garden 34
B 35
The glass harmonica 36
About Lisbon 37
The earthquake 38
D. G. Rossetti, The Orchard Pit 41
The hands of Juan Peron 45
Adam's dream 48
De gustibus 53
The authorities 54
A pause 55
The rival 56
The dedication 57
In the sketchbook 58
The aftermath 59
Pious reflections 60
In his place 61
Lines on the demolition of the Adelphi, 1937 62
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