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Snow Water

Longley, Michael

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ISBN 10: 193063014X / ISBN 13: 9781930630147
Published by Wake Forest Univ Pr 2004-04-01, US, 2004
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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65 pages. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Faint damp stain to upper corner throughout. Clean, tight copy. Record # 465590. Bookseller Inventory # 465590

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Title: Snow Water

Publisher: Wake Forest Univ Pr 2004-04-01, US

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Michael Longley’s Snow Water follows his highly acclaimed The Weather in Japan to prove that he is one of the best nature poets in English: a poet who can rightly claim the paradoxically liquid crystal snow water” as a metaphor for his own imagination. Yet, living in Northern Ireland, Michael Longley is a nature poet turned into a war poet as if / He could cure death with the rub of a dock leaf,” as he writes in Edward Thomas’s Poem.” Longley cherishes the natural world, the words associated with it, and the perspective which dwelling in the five elements has revealed to his tender, patient mind. The imperatives of the subjective world resound in every sacramental detail of the landscape. Even in the elegies, eulogies and friendship verse, Longley’s ability to find the right natural image with which to communicate his fellow feelings is striking; for example, he compares the poems of the late Michael Hartnett to the skylark’s / Chilly hallelujah, the robin’s autumn song.” And so it is with the rest of the poems on a multiplicity of subjects; Longley’s discrete ministrations invite us to capture our own little cumulus of exhalations.” Literature and the land are seen throughout as a form of shelter for the inner life, for here it may be explored. With cover artwork by Michael Longley’s daughter, Sarah

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The new collection of poems from ?one of the finest lyric poets of our century.? (John Burnside) These are poems of deceptive simplicity from a craftsman of international stature.

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