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Mount Eagle

John Montague

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ISBN 10: 0916390349 / ISBN 13: 9780916390341
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1989. Hardcover. 75pp. First US edition. Not a first edition copy. . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # KHS1003659

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Title: Mount Eagle

Publisher: Wake Forest University Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

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Montague’s American readers who expect Mount Eagle to return to the political themes of The Dead Kingdom and his masterwork The Rough Field or to the poignant erotic poetry of Tides and The Great Cloak will find a handful of poems haunting these topics. However, most of this volume departs into new terrain, such as American Indian legends, fish-eye and avian perspectives, and the activities of children and others in life’s borderland. Certain poems here, such as The Hill of Silence,” will earn their permanence in our literature where, in the words of Robin Skelton, John Montague’s voice will always be raised in the ranks of our great poets.” Other poems will offer the pleasure in their sequences of minute and mature observations sounded in a music of the spoken voice.

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John Montague was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1929. A few years later his family returned to County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, where he was raised. He was educated at University College, Dublin, where he received his BA and MA degrees. In 1955 he received an MFA from the University of Iowa. Before beginning a career of college teaching, he worked as a Paris correspondent for The Irish Times. He has taught at universities in France, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. In 1998, he was named the first Irish Professor of Poetry, a three-year appointment to be divided among The Queen’s University in Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, and University College Dublin. He now divides his time between France and West Cork, Ireland. He has received many awards, including the Irish-American Cultural Institute’s Award for Literature, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award for 1995, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the author of numerous collections and an editor of anthologies. He has also published a book of stories, Berkeley’s Telephone and Other Fictions (Lilliput Press, 2000). Wake Forest is the publisher of his last ten volumes, including his most recent, Speech Lessons (2012).

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