Rosemary Canavan The Island

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The Island

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Rosemary Canavan, who teaches inmates on an island prison near Cork, Ireland, debuts with poems of incredible lyricism and variety. Canavan explores subjects from the pathos of the incarcerated to the struggles of the single parent home, while also writing on the joys of love and children.

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After
Approaching Swindon, Probably
Ars Longa
Blackbirds
A Brief Encounter With Murder
Cape Clear In Spring
The Chapel
Chernobyl
Cottage Interior: Towards Winter
Country Funeral
Crab Apples
Crow Clouds
The Custodians
Drum Beat: The Eleventh Night
Dusk
Early City, Douglas Road
English Market
Evening
From A Parked Car
The Glen Park
Harvest
His Sexuality, Almost Forgotten
Hurricane: East England
Incident Near The New Lodge
The Island; 1. The Journey
The Island; 2. Embarked
The Island; 3. The Enclosure
The Island; 4. To Travel Beyond The Confines
The Island; 5. The Lazarhouse
The Island; 6. The Female Ward
The Island; 7. The Class
The Island; 8. Leaving
The Island; 9. To View From A Distance
Joe In Jail
Looking Between Buildings
Lovers Near Bogland
Mise Eire
My Ireland
Newt
Night Watch
No Message
Notes For A Landscape: November Evening
Nude
Offering
Old Landscape: West Cork
Orderly
The Paranoid
A Parting
Peacock Passage
Photograph Album
Pieta
Poem
Poem In Two Languages
Portrait Of Mr. S.h. At The Project Theatre, Dublin
Pub Talk
The Quarrel
The Rationalist
Reply, To Casanova
Revisiting Ringabella
School-crossing Lady, June
Sea Widow
Serpula Lachrymans (dry Rot)
Slipway
Sometimes Low Light
A Song For The Visitors
Sowing Spring Barely
Spring Cleaning
Summer: South Cork
Tide Turn
Towards Minane
Traveling Poet
The Union
Visitation
We, Turned Aside To Sleep
Who Is He?
Winter Light
Wood Woman
Wreckage
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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The title of this ambitious book (and of its powerful second section) refers to Spike Island, a prison in Ireland where the Scottish-born Canavan teaches. But her title quickly accumulates meaning as the collection progresses further, coming to suggest Ireland itself-an island whose people and places are the poet's central subjects-and to serve as a metaphor for the forms of imprisonment that can bind the human spirit. The poet explores lives confined by history, nature, gender and "unvoiced, private tragedy." As she puts it, "Even stones have spirits" awaiting "a touch,.../ to reveal in a wild burst/ their imprisoned life." Canavan's language is straightforward and, with a few minor exceptions, effective in addressing a broad range of social realities, from the violence in Northern Ireland to the catastrophe of Chernobyl. For her, matters public and private, personal and political, inevitably intersect, much as unlikely people may still mingle: "Under the skin they too/ were savages: afraid of the dark,/ touching for luck, believing in miracles."
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