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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (30 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224073451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224073455
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,646,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"He is by turns hilarious and subversive, a master of the cheekily surreal, whose conspiratorial mateyness often conceals a grinning skull" (New Statesman)

"Very individual, imaginative, fresh work... The poems are disquieting, odd, dark, beautifully honed and cadenced" (Ruth Padel Financial Times)

"Always original, genuine and generous, Matthew Sweeney's poetry has matured to the point where its artistry can be recognized. He's brilliant on stories that disclose the strange, the ironic, the sad" (Douglas Dunn)

"Here are the small and great truths of the imagination that bursts forth out of our daily lives. Sweeney's poems are reflective, funny, supremely inventive and impeccably written. This is contemporary poetry at its very best" (Charles Simic)

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Macabre, surreal, and wondrous, the poems here travel cities, landscapes, and the interior worlds of thought and dream.

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A poetry of animals and absence, pleasantly unsettling - this man likes animals more than people! Not that one can blame him, of course ('that night I dreamed I was a human' - nightmare!) but the only human presence among an animal choir celebrating his parents' Golden Wedding is an old boot from 'a friend/who's sadly unable to be here'; elsewhere a house is taken over by vegetables. A comparison with Ted Hughes might be instructive; thankfully Sweeney doesn't do vatic. (Think Yeats; think Tennyson; think sonic boom.) Maybe he's treading water this time (Frog-Taming?) but I'll plug away..
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A poetry of animals and absence, pleasantly unsettling - this man likes animals more than people! Not that one can blame him, of course; we have fewer excuses. A comparison with Ted Hughes might be instructive; can't hack him myself, but thankfully Sweeney isn't vatic, bless him. Feels like he's treading water this time, but I'll plug away..
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Callmerick on 3 Oct. 2012
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For those new to Matthew Sweeney, he's that rare thing on two counts - an easy to read and interesting poet. All the poems are short and sweet thankfully. Some surreal and puzzling poems here but plenty of gems too to make you think further like 'Horse Dreams' and 'Secrets of a cactus' Definitely recommended.
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Matthew Sweeney is one of the great Irish poets. I translated poems of him in Dutch!
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