O O'a'a Bird

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'Although there is space on a sixpence to contain, intricately embossed, an abridged version of everything, detail is always welcome.' The 'O'o'a'a' Bird, Justin Quinn's first book, starts with seriously playful poems which approach his instructively disparate geographies and languages, Irish and Czech. He finds in and between them meanings which are lyrical, political and civic. Love is never far away. His book ends with an ambitious sequence of twenty four-stanza poems. Justin Quinn's work is European in orientation. Anyone familiar with the
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Overview

'Although there is space on a sixpence to contain, intricately embossed, an abridged version of everything, detail is always welcome.' The 'O'o'a'a' Bird, Justin Quinn's first book, starts with seriously playful poems which approach his instructively disparate geographies and languages, Irish and Czech. He finds in and between them meanings which are lyrical, political and civic. Love is never far away. His book ends with an ambitious sequence of twenty four-stanza poems. Justin Quinn's work is European in orientation. Anyone familiar with the streets of Dublin or of Prague will recognise a walked topography in the poems which rises out of a Baroque imagination with a hunger for Doric simplicities. The Czech and the Irish Republics reflect light on one another. Some of the poems consider the issue of nationalism and nationhood in a Europe where the smaller units seek advantage and definition at the same time, and where different histories collide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857541250
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Series: Poems Series
  • Pages: 69
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Terrorism 9
Patrick Pearse 10
Revolutionary 12
For Robinson Jeffers 13
On Speed 14
Some Freedoms 16
Two for John P. Kearney, Architect 18
Mistook 19
For my Mother 20
High & Dry 21
A Tracking Shot for Julian 22
Still Life 24
Work 25
Vesalius and the Soul 26
Hypnotics 28
The 'O'o'a'a' Bird 29
Minuet 30
1 Tai-Chi 32
2 Dry Leaves: An Echo 33
Instructions 34
Masturbation Sonnet with Viburnum Blossom 35
Windfalls This Month 36
Clearing 37
To Jan Neruda 40
At the Jewish Cemetery 43
Approach to the City 44
Present Tense 46
Sundays 49
Smoke 50
Power Station 51
Weekend Away 52
Questions 53
A Seagull's Skeleton 54
Bohemian Carp 55
The Nineteenth Century 56
Acanthus 57
The Tree 58
Attics 59
Graffiti 60
Toon Town 61
Hamlet 62
The Ultimate Island 63
Black Riders 64
Ur-Aisling 65
No-When 66
Last Poem 67
Geography 68
Notes 69
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