Thomas Kinsella: Collected Poems, 1956-2001

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Kinsella is one of the most indispensable poets writing in the English language, and this collection is the pinnacle and summary of an exceptional career. From the landscapes and early formalism of Another September (1958), the psychological investigations of Downstream (1962), the toughened metrics and paradoxical faith of Nightwalker and Other Poems (1968), to the balanced relationships of New Poems (1973), Kinsella had produced an epic body of work with unusual range and skill. The themes and forms of the ...
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Overview

Kinsella is one of the most indispensable poets writing in the English language, and this collection is the pinnacle and summary of an exceptional career. From the landscapes and early formalism of Another September (1958), the psychological investigations of Downstream (1962), the toughened metrics and paradoxical faith of Nightwalker and Other Poems (1968), to the balanced relationships of New Poems (1973), Kinsella had produced an epic body of work with unusual range and skill. The themes and forms of the early to middle period deepened into the creative myths that were collected in volumes such as One (1974), Songs of the Psyche (1985), Out of Ireland (1987), and Poems from Centre City (1990). The ensuing volumes continue the search for naked proof of human dignity, as Kinsella has always done, but now they confront mutability, death, and the increasing chaos of twenty-first-century experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930630277
  • Publisher: Wake Forest University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 379
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents


Poems (1956); Another September (1958)
Echoes     1
Test Case     2
The Travelling Companion     3
Night Songs     4
Midsummer     5
Soft, to your Places     6
A Lady of Quality     6
Fifth Sunday After Easter     8
An Ancient Ballet     9
The Monk     11
Baggot Street Deserta     11
Tete a Tete     14
Pause en Route     14
An Outdoor Gallery     15
In the Ringwood     16
King John's Castle     17
Clarence Mangan     18
Another September     19
O Rome     20
Death and the Professor     20
Lead     21
Thinking of Mr D.     22
Moralities (1960)
Moralities     23
Faith     24
An Old Atheist Pauses by the Sea     24
Into Thy Hands     24
A Pillar of the Community     24
Love     25
Seventeenth Century Landscape: near Ballyferriter     25
Sisters     25
A Garden on the Point     25
Interlude: Time's Mischief     26
Death     27
The Doldrums     27
Sons of the Brave     27
Dead on Arrival     27
Song     28
Handclasp at Euston     28
At the Heart     28
Fire and Ice     28
Downstream (1962)
'I wonder whether one expects...'     29
1
The Laundress     31
Wedding Morning     32
A Portrait of the Engineer     32
Charlie     34
Scylla and Charybdis     34
Carol     35
Dick King     36
Cover Her Face     37
Girl on a Swing     39
Navigators     39
2
Check     41
Tyrant Dying     41
Old Harry     42
A Country Walk     44
Downstream     47
3
Chrysalides     51
Brothers     52
The Force of Eloquence     52
Mirror in February     53
Nightwalker and Other Poems (1968)
Our Mother     55
Office for the Dead     55
Ballydavid Pier     57
Landscape and Figure     58
Museum     58
A Moment's Peace     59
Traveller     59
Westland Row     60
Folk Wisdom     60
Tara     61
Wormwood     62
Beloved...     62
'Open this and you will see...'     63
Wormwood     63
Mask of Love     64
The Secret Garden     64
First Light     65
Remembering Old Wars     66
Je t'adore     66
The Shoals Returning     67
Before Sleep     71
Magnanimity     72
The Poet Egan O'Rahilly, Homesick in Old Age     73
'To Autumn'     74
Soft Toy     75
Leaf-Eater     76
Nightwalker     76
Ritual of Departure     85
Phoenix Park     87
New Poems (1973)
'hesitate, cease to exist...'     95
Hen Woman     97
A Hand of Solo     100
The High Road     102
Ancestor     104
Tear     104
Irwin Street     108
From the Land of the Dead     109
Touching the River     109
Nuchal (a fragment)      109
Survivor     110
Endymion     113
At the Crossroads     113
Sacrifice     114
All is emptiness / and I must spin     116
The Clearing     117
Death Bed     117
The Dispossessed     119
The Route of The Tain     120
Ely Place     122
Worker in Mirror, at his Bench     123
St Paul's Rocks: 16 February 1832     127
Drowsing over The Arabian Nights     127
Crab Orchard Sanctuary: Late October     128
Wyncote, Pennsylvania: a gloss     130
Peppercanister Poems
Butcher's Dozen (1972)     133
A Selected Life (1972)     139
Vertical Man (1973)     143
The Good Fight (1973)     147
One (1974)     159
Prologue     159
The Entire Fabric     161
Finistere     162
The Oldest Place     165
38 Phoenix Street     168
Minstrel     170
His Father's Hands     171
Epilogue     174
A Technical Supplement (1976)     175
Prologue     176
Poems 1-24      177
Song of the Night and Other Poems (1978)     195
'He carried me out of the lamplight'     195
C.G. Jung's 'First Years'     196
Anniversaries     197
Artists' Letters     200
Tao and Unfitness at Inistiogue on the River Nore     202
Song of the Night     205
The Messenger (1978)     209
Songs of the Psyche (1985)     221
Settings     221
Model School, Inchicore     221
Phoenix Street     223
Bow Lane     224
Invocation     225
Songs of the Psyche 1-13     226
Notes     233
A New Beginning     233
Opposites     233
The Little Children     233
Brotherhood     234
Talent and Friendship     235
Self-Scrutiny     235
Self-Release     236
Self-Renewal     237
Her Vertical Smile (1985)     239
Overture     239
'Arms uplifted on the podium...'     240
Intermezzo     246
'A step forward...'     247
Coda     252
Out of Ireland (1987)      253
Entrance     254
Native Wisdom     254
Harmonies     256
The Furnace     257
The Dance     258
The Land of Loss     259
Exit     260
St Catherine's Clock (1987)     261
One Fond Embrace (1988)     273
Personal Places (1990)     283
'There are established personal places'     283
Apostle of Hope     283
Seven     284
Rituals of Departure     286
Brothers in the Craft     287
In Memory     288
Dura Mater     290
Night Conference, Wood Quay: 6 June 1979     291
At the Western Ocean's Edge     292
Poems from Centre City (1990)     293
A Portrait of the Artist     293
Administrator     294
Social Work     295
The Stable     295
Household Spirits     296
The Bell     297
The Back Lane     298
The Stranger     300
Departure Platforms     302
The Last     303
Memory of W.H. Auden     303
Madonna and Other Poems (1991)      305
'Better is an handful with quietness'     305
Madonna     305
Morning Coffee     307
Visiting Hour     309
At the Head Table     310
Open Court (1991)     315
Open Court     315
Dream     321
The Pen Shop (1997)     323
The Familiar (1999)     329
'Love bent the sinewy bow'     329
The Familiar     329
St John's     333
Wedding Evening     333
Iris     334
Godhead (1999)     335
High Tide: Amagansett     335
Godhead     336
Trinity     336
Father     336
Son     338
Spirit     339
Midnight, San Clemente: a gloss     340
Citizen of the World (2000)     341
The Design     341
Complaint     342
Echo     342
Migrants     343
Citizen of the World     343
Theme and Variations     346
'Her little fingers were everywhere'     346
Close of Day     347
House Guest     347
Climax      347
Model, with Artist     348
Coffee Shop     348
Virgin     349
Undine     349
Littlebody (2000)     351
Down Survey (1655-1657)     351
Breakdown     351
Shop Shut     352
Glenmacnass     352
Cul de Sac     356
Going Home     356
Holy Well     356
Cul de Sac     357
The Body Brought to the Church     357
Notes to Out of Ireland     361
Note on Peppercanister Poems     365
Index of Titles     367
Index of First Lines     373
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