St. Brigid's Well

St. Brigid's Well

by Jonas Zdanys


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St. Brigid's Well by Jonas Zdanys

St. Brigid’s Well began on the West Coast of Ireland as Jonas Zdanys was teaching a seminar in Dingle, County Kerry, on writing the literature of place. It is a single lyrical narrative poem, composed in stanzas and sections, that considers place as a described location, as a foundation and springboard for metaphorical representations and explorations, and as a wide and flexible container filled with people and actions and things, all connected and all ever-changing. There is a fourth dimension of place at play in this poem as well, the dimension of time, which ultimately sculpts all three, pushing and pulling them across many horizons. The poem’s focus on the Dingle Peninsula, past and present, the vistas along the Ring of Kerry, and the literal as well as metaphorical pilgrimage eastward to St. Brigid’s Well in Kildare is linked to the figure of Brigid, who serves as a touchstone in that exploration both as Christian saint and as pagan goddess. It is Brigid, in both forms, who appears in these pages as a principal definer and texture of the Irish landscape as it has blossomed and changed – and as it has remained constant – in its physical dimensions and across the currents of time. This poem invites and deepens the understanding of that landscape and of how a “poetry of place” can also define the interior human landscape, encouraging us to understand and celebrate the world in which we live and ourselves in it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780944048740
Publisher: Virtual Artists Collective
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Pages: 66
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Jonas Zdanys, a bilingual poet and translator, is the author of forty-six books. Forty-two of those are collections of poetry, written in English or in Lithuanian, and translations of Lithuanian poetry and fiction into English. He has received a number of prizes, book awards, writing and travel grants, and public recognitions for his poetry and for his translations. He has taught at the State University of New York and at Yale University, where he also held a number of administrative positions and was a Scholar-in-Residence in the Yale Center for Russian and East European Studies. He served for more than a decade as the state of Connecticut's Chief Academic Officer and is currently Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Sacred Heart University, where he teaches courses on modern poetry and directs the program in creative writing.

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