The House of Clay

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Combining resonant narrative and imagery with powerful formal concentration, this collection of verse includes poems inspired by the poet's Belfast childhood, the contemporary Middle East, and Greek and Latin sources such as Pindar and Virgil. Together the poems build into a moving, complex meditation on loss, both personal and historical.
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Combining resonant narrative and imagery with powerful formal concentration, this collection of verse includes poems inspired by the poet's Belfast childhood, the contemporary Middle East, and Greek and Latin sources such as Pindar and Virgil. Together the poems build into a moving, complex meditation on loss, both personal and historical.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781857548716
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter McDonald is the award-winning author of the poetry collections Adam's Dream and Pastorals and the critical studies Mistaken Identities and Serious Poetry: Form and Authority from Yeats to Hill.
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Table of Contents


San Domenico     9
The hand     11
As seen     13
Cetacea     15
Clearout     17
The gnat     19
Literal     21
War diary     22
The moth     23
The other world     24
Strongman     25
Spoils     27
The overcoat     28
A schoolboy     30
Windows     31
Three rivers     32
The pattern     35
Syrian     37
The fob-watch     38
Against the fear of death     40
Mar Sarkis     41
In heaven     42
Inventory     44
The anniversary     45
Forecast     46
Flex     47
The walk     48
Quis separabit     49
Late morning     50
The pieces     51
The street called Straight     56
Arithmetic     57
Vigilantes     58
Ode     59
44A     60
The bees     62
Coda     66
Notes     69
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