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Local Habitations and Names

Denman, Peter (2006) Local Habitations and Names. UNSPECIFIED.

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Pat Boran, New and Selected Poems: Joseph Woods, Bearings: Thomas McCarthy, Merchant Prince: Three books here from Irish poets, each of them with a different English publisher but with a clear sense of an Irish locale. Pat Boran's New and Selected poems contains a generous selection of poems from five previous collections published over the past decade and a half, and eleven new poems. It allows us an overview of a voice that has become a steady presence in Irish writing, at once playful and unshowy. His early poems are observational and descríptive. Many of them are carried by the characters named or unnamed, on whom they focus: Casey, the foreman on a London building site, Martin Drennan from Ballydavis, a drummer in an Irish country and western band, an Americal juggler on Grafton Street. Sometimes these characters are celebrated for their personality, especially if they have a quirkness about them.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Poetry Ireland Review: February 2006 Vol.85 pages 106-109
Keywords: Local Habitations; Names; Poetry Ireland;
Subjects: Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy > English, Media & Theatre Studies
Item ID: 866
Depositing User: Peter Denman
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2008
Refereed: Yes
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