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Pastorals : ELEANOR BRASCH - Peter McDonald



Paperback Published: 27th February 2013
ISBN: 9781857547528
Number Of Pages: 96

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Pastorals, Peter McDonald's third collection, is his first full-length book of poems in eight years. At its heart are poems that approach places, times, and states of mind 'part history and part escape'; here, past and present can answer to one another as elements in a contemporary mosaic of knowledge and invention, memory and entertainment. McDonald sees in these situations a modern pastoral. The personal and the public interact in many of these poems; others address personal histories and their creative consequences, alongside religious and mythological motifs. Subtle, compelling, and memorable, McDonald's poems combine a tenderness and gravity of thought with a sharpness of observation which gives the wide canvass of Pastorals its distinctive power.

"These poems, which with their gently syncopated lines may seem understated, register the uneasiness and the excitement of 'the buzzing world.' They are in the poet's own words, 'back roads to everywhere.'" Michael Longley"

Two treesp. 9
The cupp. 10
A glossp. 11
Visitorsp. 12
At Castlereagh Churchp. 13
Pastoralp. 14
The scaldp. 15
Air and angelsp. 16
Work : 1958p. 17
Foreknowledgep. 18
The victory weekend
Fridayp. 19
Saturdayp. 21
Sundayp. 24
Least harmp. 27
A history channelp. 28
The resurrection of the soldiersp. 29
Two memorials at Gilnahirkp. 30
Spillagep. 31
Words for a poemp. 32
The cloudp. 33
Augustp. 34
At Rosses Pointp. 35
Travellersp. 36
The long lookp. 37
The road to Romep. 38
An alarmp. 44
The blood-bruisep. 45
Standstillp. 46
A fallp. 47
The conversionp. 48
The riskp. 49
The mild autumnp. 50
Two spidersp. 51
Hushp. 52
Seashellsp. 53
The full housep. 54
Work : 1998p. 55
The stand-offp. 56
The threadp. 57
Damon the mowerp. 58
The way to losep. 59
Fireworksp. 60
Ecloguep. 62
The companyp. 65
The proofp. 66
The back roadsp. 67
The watercolouristsp. 68
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ISBN: 9781857547528
ISBN-10: 1857547527
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 27th February 2013
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 13.5  x 0.61
Weight (kg): 0.11