Angels and Harvesters

Overview

Poetry Book Society Recommendation

James Harpur’s fifth collection journeys into realms seen and unseen, ranging from the landscapes of Ireland to the visionary realms of the mystics. Through the finely textured music of his poems, he explores emotional and spiritual intimacies while keeping a sharp observant eye on the everyday world. Angels and Harvesters’ displays both human tenderness and an otherworldly wonder, as Harpur continues his quest to reconcile the complexities of ...

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Overview

Poetry Book Society Recommendation

James Harpur’s fifth collection journeys into realms seen and unseen, ranging from the landscapes of Ireland to the visionary realms of the mystics. Through the finely textured music of his poems, he explores emotional and spiritual intimacies while keeping a sharp observant eye on the everyday world. Angels and Harvesters’ displays both human tenderness and an otherworldly wonder, as Harpur continues his quest to reconcile the complexities of the human condition with a deep-seated spiritual longing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780856464478
  • Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James Harpur has published four previous books of poetry and a translation of Boethius’s poems entitled Fortune’s Prisoner’. He is poetry editor of the Temenos Academy Review’ and has won a number of prizes and awards, including the 2009 Michael Hartnett Award and the 1995 British National Poetry Competition. He has held residencies at the Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco, the Munster Literature Centre and Exeter Cathedral. He lives in Co. Cork.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Gougane Barra

Autumn 11

Reflections on a Baby Crow in the Light of the Venerable Bede's Sparrow 12

Osteopath 13

Dormitory

I Junior 14

II Senior 15

Gougane Barra 16

Finbarr and the Serpent of Gougane Barra 17

The Leper's Squint 18

On First Seeing the Book of Kells 20

The Removal 22

A Churchyard Ghost in West Cork 24

Christmas Snow 27

Monte Cassino in Kerry 29

Part 2 Angels and Harvesters

The Falcon Carol 35

The Shadow 36

Groenendaal 37

Angels and Harvesters 38

Origen 40

Deserted 41

The Pram Pusher's Tale 42

Jacob Boehme's Revelation 47

Visiting Julian of Norwich 49

The Song of Richard Rolle 51

Sinner 52

Tauler 54

Tobacco, Psalms and Bloodletting 55

Hildegard and Volmar 57

The Dark Night 59

Winter Tree 61

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