Breathing Spaces: Early Poems

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This book gives a breathing space for a number of poems which didn't fit into the scope of Brendan Kennelly's Selected Poems, A Time for Voices (Bloodaxe, 1990). It contains the poem-sequences Love Cry (1972), Islandman (1977) and A Small Light (1979), as well as poems from Shelley in Dublin (1974), and the full version of A Girl (1981), consisting of 22 songs, several of which are previously unpublished. The four sequences have been unavailable for some time, and Brendan Kennelly is re-publishing them in ...
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Overview

This book gives a breathing space for a number of poems which didn't fit into the scope of Brendan Kennelly's Selected Poems, A Time for Voices (Bloodaxe, 1990). It contains the poem-sequences Love Cry (1972), Islandman (1977) and A Small Light (1979), as well as poems from Shelley in Dublin (1974), and the full version of A Girl (1981), consisting of 22 songs, several of which are previously unpublished. The four sequences have been unavailable for some time, and Brendan Kennelly is re-publishing them in response to popular demand. He has written new introductions for each as well as a provocative new essay to preface the whole of Breathing Spaces. In these poems, Kennelly opens up his imagination, making a space through his poetry for constrained voices to speak, live and breathe. Many of these poems anticipate Cromwell and The Book of Judas, in which he allowed those more reviled figures their own breathing spaces. Many have been re-written, he says, 'in the light or darkness of what I've come to believe about poetry and language.'.
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Pat Monaghan
"There is one poem in every poet," best-selling (in Ireland) poet Kennelly says in introduction to his selected earlier work. A decade ago, that poem was not so clear to Kennelly's readers. But in the retrospective light cast by "Cromwell" (1983) and "The Book of Judas" , this poet's poem becomes clearer. He writes about the moments of minor ugliness in human affairs, those moments that, totaled over a lifetime, define evil. The small boy who tortures flies, the cruel-speaking children, the neighbors who hound a pregnant girl to death with gossip--the characters in Kennelly's poems demonstrate evil's banality with clean and unrelenting force. Yet, moral poet that he is, Kennelly does not condemn his characters but deals with them with greater kindness than, perhaps, they deserve--certainly with greater kindness than they deal with each other. There is much sadness in his work, but there is great, courageous, humanitarian love as well.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781852242114
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
  • Publication date: 9/24/1993
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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