Poetry Micheal O'Siadhail Love Life

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Love Life

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In Love Life Micheal O'Siadhail tells of a life in love moving through the passionate erotic, the dramas of wooing, promising and quarrelling and the day-by-dayness of home.
The seasons of love unfold - young love opening to intimacy, growth into commitment and the slow transformations of life together. Throughout, the core theme recurs: a lifetime's amazement at the mystery of one woman. The book culminates in the subtleties and variations of growing old while revelling in the love of life a deux.

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micheal o'siadhail won the Marten Toonder Prize for Literature in 1998. He is a freelance writer, and was formerly a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and a professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. His academic works include Learning Irish (Yale University Press) and Modern Irish (Cambridge University Press). Also available from Bloodaxe: Poems 1975-1995 (224 pages, GBP9.95) Our Double Time (112 pages, GBP7.95) The Gossamer Wall: Poems in Witness to the Holocaust (128 pages, GBP8.95)

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If "happy love has no history," as Swiss philosopher Denis de Rougemont famously argued, Irish poet O'Siadhail either hasn't heard the news or refuses to believe it. In this rare and delightful book, he tells the story of his 36 years with passionate and profound Brid. From early erotic obsession through invisible, inevitable scarring to the tenderness of later life, their love is both unique and paradigmatic. The first poems of "carnal relish" and "amorous remembering" are as sensual as the Song of Solomon, from which O'Siadhail clearly draws inspiration. Such physical joy never fails these lovers, but life finds ways to test them with its ordinary demands: "Who'll take the tiller? Whose hour? Whose turn?" Yet in the "habits and habitats" of such daily life, another kind of love ripens: "A quaver held in suspension. / Offbeat discords prime a sweeter tone." The poems here are both severe and lusty, often simultaneously, as the poet seeks to capture and acclaim that most unusual state: enduring love. Patricia Monaghan
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