Pastorals

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The first collection of poems in eight years from one of Ireland's most accomplished lyric poets invokes and explores the pastoral imagination in poems about grief, love's remote history, and a more recent past. In poems that, in his words, are written from a "melancholy distance," McDonald finds new shapes that reflect the difficult, contradictory relations of people to place and environment.

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Overview

The first collection of poems in eight years from one of Ireland's most accomplished lyric poets invokes and explores the pastoral imagination in poems about grief, love's remote history, and a more recent past. In poems that, in his words, are written from a "melancholy distance," McDonald finds new shapes that reflect the difficult, contradictory relations of people to place and environment.

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"These poems, which with their gently syncopated lines may seem understated, register the uneasiness and the excitement of 'the buzzing world.' They are in the poet's own words, 'back roads to everywhere.'" —Michael Longley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857547528
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter McDonald won the Newdigate prize for poetry and an Eric Gregory award. A former instructor at Bristol University and Cambridge University, he is the Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Poetry at Christ Church, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

Two trees 9
The cup 10
A gloss 11
Visitors 12
At Castlereagh Church 13
Pastoral 14
The scald 15
Air and angels 16
Work : 1958 17
Foreknowledge 18
The victory weekend
Friday 19
Saturday 21
Sunday 24
Least harm 27
A history channel 28
The resurrection of the soldiers 29
Two memorials at Gilnahirk 30
Spillage 31
Words for a poem 32
The cloud 33
August 34
At Rosses Point 35
Travellers 36
The long look 37
The road to Rome 38
An alarm 44
The blood-bruise 45
Standstill 46
A fall 47
The conversion 48
The risk 49
The mild autumn 50
Two spiders 51
Hush 52
Seashells 53
The full house 54
Work : 1998 55
The stand-off 56
The thread 57
Damon the mower 58
The way to lose 59
Fireworks 60
Eclogue 62
The company 65
The proof 66
The back roads 67
The watercolourists 68
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