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It is no surprise that Dubliner McGuinness is best known as a playwright of both original works (The Factory Girls and Dolly West's Kitchen) and adaptations (the Tony-winning A Doll's House), for his best poems are lyric monologues written in the voices of public or historical figures: "A Woman Untouched" is about a contemporary Helen of Troy, for example, while "Rosa O'Doherty" portrays the life of a 17th-century Irishwoman. McGuinness makes good use of irony in his poems. In "Innocent X," a poem about Velasquez's painting of the pope, the poet wonders how the artist could paint love into a face that "has not known" it. "Money, perhaps," is the only answer that comes to mind. "Money is always perhaps." The poem ends by pointing out that the pope is "celibate and lonely. Handsome is / As handsome does, and lonely is lonely." Other poems center on the ironic nature of human beauty. The speaker of "The Ballina Fox" (who is-and isn't-a fox) remarks that "I'm handsome. / I don't expect thanks." While some poems grow prosy at times (especially long-lined pieces like "Mrs McDermottroe" and "Double Dutch"), most are concise and lyrical enough to evoke song. "Rosa O'Doherty," for example, consists of six sonnet-like stanzas with a notable rhyme scheme.Packed with history and supposition, these 36 inventive and diverse poems explore the temporal nature of beauty and love with both intelligence and cunning. -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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The Ballina Fox
Bathe
Belgium
Catacombs
The Diary Of Jane Campbell
Double Dutch: 1. The Bridge At Killiney Beach
Double Dutch: 2. Ballad Of The Hanging Man
The Etruscan Vase
The Fifth Wall
Goddess
H2o
Innocent X
Killiney
Lavender
Learning In Russian
Mackerel Fishing Off The Coast Of Maine
Meeting At Heathrow
Mrs Mcdermottroe
My Lover's Heart Compared To The Golden Gate Bridge
Orchids In Scotland
Our Celibate Fathers
Our Lady Of Kylemore Abbey
Phaedra
The Red Horse
Roast Beef Sandwiches
Rosa O'doherty
Sea - Monsters
Solomon
Soul Music
Southampton
St Helena
Trees In Spain
Valentine
Van Gogh In Donegal
Vienna
The White Lilies
A Woman Untouched
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