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Born in 1948 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ciaran Carson studied at Queen s University, Belfast, where, from 20032015, he served as the director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. Though recently retired from that post, he continues to teach a postgraduate poetry workshop there, in addition to overseeing the Belfast Writers Group. Earlier in his career (from 19751998), Ciaran Carson acted as an arts officer for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He is also a member of Aosdana and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. A writer of both poetry and prosefiction and non-fiction alikeCiaran Carson has also translated many texts, including The Midnight Court, a work of the eighteenth-century poet Brian Merriman, and a version of Dante s The Inferno, which won the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize. His other awards include the first-ever T. S. Eliot Prize (1994, for First Language), and the Forward Prize for Best Collection (2003, for Breaking News). As well as being a significant poet and careful translator, Carson is also a scholar of traditional Irish music; he frequently plays the flute alongside his wife, the accomplished Irish fiddler Deirdre Shannon. He has said: I m not interested in ideologies . . . I m interested in the words, and how they sound to me, how words connect with experience, of fear, of anxiety . . . Your only responsibility is to the language. " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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HASH(0x91e182dc) out of 5 stars Exceptional work. 12 Feb. 1998
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"Belfast Confetti", along with Carson's 1987 "The Irish For No", are the most impressive volumes of poetry I have read in recent years. I could (and do, as an English student) pour over the poems for hour. He is wonderfully skilled at interconnecting his work and setting a real sense of place. Carson explores Belfast and the way the city and its people have changed in the last four decades or so since his youth. He is concerned not with judging the changes, but in examining the ways in which the Troubles, the English presence, and modernization have affected Belfast/Northern irish culture and the way his own memory betrays the truth as it falters. These are rich books, they keep you looking over & over for more layers. I also reccommend, if you can find it, his 1997 prose work, "The Star Factory". Its themes and subjects tie right back in with BC and TIFN.
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HASH(0x92b8ac54) out of 5 stars Belfast Confetti 21 Jun. 2008
By Kevin L. Nenstiel - Published on Amazon.com
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This book could be read as its own text, or as a companion to the author's previous book, The Irish for No. This volume takes on many of the same places, people, and themes, and uses the same groundbreaking poetic line sprawling across the page to recreate the eight-bar rhythm of traditional music. But this book is also distinct: its short discursive essays give it the narrative feel of somebody letting you in on the secrets of his own life, and the darker tone reminds you that you have traveled to the other side of the poet's mind.

The extensions from the previous volume begin very explicitly, with the title, which comes from a poem in TIFN. The Exiles' Club, who were the center of a poem in the last book, now come up as the subject of an essay in this book. But the book reads like the aftermath of a car bomb, with body parts strewn throughout the titles (Hairline Crack, Bloody Hand) and memorials to notable acts of violence ("The stopped clock of The Belfast Telegraph seems to indicate the time / of the explosion -- or was that last week's?").

This book could easily have a wider audience than most books of poetry. For students of history, lovers of literature, Celtophiles, and those curious about the mind of the victim of violence, Belfast Confetti can be both an education and a very grim pleasure to read. Be warned, you can't read it too quickly, or the darkness will tear you down in a hurry; this is a book to be consumed in sips, not huge gulps. But it is a book to be consumed nevertheless, and enjoyed for as long as it lasts.
HASH(0x929a1d74) out of 5 stars Brooding But Brilliant 3 Aug. 2015
By Christin M. Mulligan - Published on Amazon.com
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It makes me sad that Ciaran Carson has such a bug up his ass about Seamus Heaney, since they are two phenomenal Irish poets who both write amazing poems. Why can't we all just get along, boys? Oh, that's right, because only one of them won the Nobel. And though I appreciate Carson's talent and economy, his poems are broody, masculine (compensating again?), and a little too lonely for my taste. They make me feel like he has no friends, and one might argue that a state of isolation is necessary for some poets, but Heaney is warm and elegant like Irish coffee, and Muldoon is obviously the life of the drunken wordplay party like an Irish carbomb. Reading Carson is like doing shots of Jameson's alone on a rainy day when your dog died and your significant other dumped you. Nevertheless, his title poem is stellar.
HASH(0x92119e34) out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Feb. 2011
By JD - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this poetry collection. I was surprised at this, as I usually don't care much for poetry. I was required to read this for a class a while back and I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Carson's use of language is brilliant. He's dealing with heavy themes but his poetry doesn't come across to the reader as heavy-handed or preachy at all. This subtlety and mastery of language is what makes his poems so compelling. Brilliant poet, great collection, well worth the time to read even if you don't generally enjoy poetry, like me :)
HASH(0x91e18798) out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Nov. 2013
By john donnelly - Published on Amazon.com
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Carson's use of language, the variety of poetry styles and his delving into the etymology of words made this one of the more interesting poetry books I have read.
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