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Opera et Cetera Paperback – 31 Jul 1996


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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd; 1st ed edition (31 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852243961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852243968
  • Package Dimensions: 21 x 13.6 x 0.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,082,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Opera et cetera: Torqueing and tuning his long lines in this new volume to the demands of rhyme, Carson skitters from Northern Ireland to Romania to the "twin volcanoes - Balalaika, Karaoke", from the Irish language to the Latin roots of English. In the opening series of alphabet poems, Carson turns the synchronic ABC's into isolable histories, miniature mysteries that, in sequence, compose a sinister, narrative trajectory, one that may not arrive at an ending, or that may conclude by questioning its beginnings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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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