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From There to Here (Selected Poems and Translations)


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Ciaran Carson’s Collected Poems, one of the outstanding books of our time, has been followed by four collections of original poems and translations. This new selection, From There to Here, demonstrates the myriad facets of his virtuosity. It is a retrospective of an artist’s work that is characterized at every stage by formal, linguistic and imaginative opulence. Bookended by previously unpublished translations from Irish, the meticulousness of its choices and arrangement reveals and emphasizes, in echoes and mirror images, an essential integrity.

Published on the occasion of his 70th birthday, it is truly a marvel.

‘It is impossible to do justice to the breadth and depth of Carson’s work (which includes fabulous translations of The Táin and Inferno and volumes of wonderful prose) but this fine comprehensive volume is no ordinary selection. The rearrangement or “there to here” of his poems – which have always spoken to each other – calls out clearer and sharper than ever, an interactive treasure chest from one of our greatest poets.’ — Martina Evans, The Irish Times

From his dazzling, astonishingly inventive translations to his own poems and prose, Ciaran Carson continues to demonstrate what it means to have ears that truly work. He is one of the best poets on either side of the Atlantic and the publication of every one of his books is a major event in our literatures.‘ — Charles Simic

Ciaran Carson’s selected poems and translations, From There To Here (The Gallery Press) compresses a brilliant career into 200 pages. His exhilarating long-lined narrative poems, classics like The Irish for No, Belfast Confetti and Calvin Klein’s Obsession, are followed by tight, firecracker sonnets and an extract from the virtuoso long-lined sonnet sequence For All We Know. Such a range would be enough for any poet, but the last quarter of the book foregrounds poems of unsettling bareness, stripped of the idiomatic rhythms of which he was such a master. These haunted, haunting fragments glitter as much as anything else this shapeshifting genius has written. — John McAuliffe, The Irish Times (The Best Poetry of 2018)

Year Published: 2018
Details: 208pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 91133 749 2
ISBN HBK: 978 1 91133 750 8

Cover: ‘Red Wagon’ by Clement McAleer, oil on canvas,

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