Electric Light

Electric Light

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Ranging from short takes to conversational poems, a pre-Socratic collection of poetry about origins and oracles explores the places from where things start, the ground of understanding, whether in Arcadia or Anahorish, the sanctuary at Epidaurus, or the Bann valley in County Derry.

McMillan Palgrave
A powerful new collection by the bestselling translator of Beowulf.

In the finland of perch, the fenland of alder, on air

That is water, on carpets of Bann stream, on hold
In the everything flows and steady go of the world.
--from "Perch"

Seamus Heaney's new collection travels widely in time and space, visiting the sites of the classical world and revisiting the poet's childhood: rural electrification and the light of ancient evenings are reconciled within the orbit of a single lifetime. This is a book about origins (not least, the origins of words) and oracles: the places where things start from, the ground of understanding -- whether in Arcadia or Anahorish, the sanctuary at Epidaurus or the Bann valley in County Derry.

Electric Light ranges from short takes to conversation poems. The pre-Socratic wisdom that everything flows is held in tension with the elegizing of friends and fellow poets. These gifts of recollection renew the poet's calling to assign things their proper names; once again Heaney can be heard extending his word hoard and roll call in this, his eleventh collection.


Baker
& Taylor

Ranging from short takes to conversational poems, a pre-Socratic collection of poetry about origins and oracles explores the places where things start, the ground of understanding, whether in Arcadia or Anahorish, the sanctuary of Epidaurus, or the Bann valley in County Derry.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374146832
0374146837
Branch Call Number: 821.914 HEA
Characteristics: ix, 98 p. ; 22 cm

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Dec 05, 2015

Well-crafted poems, but that's about all I can say for them.

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