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"His poetry, always strongly imbued with a sense of the sacred, makes great play of light's spiritual resonance."--Sarah Crown, The Guardian James Harpur's fifth collection journeys from the landscapes of Ireland to the visionary realms of the mystics. His poems display an otherworldly wonder while keeping a sharply observant eye on the everyday world. From "Angels and Harvesters": As thoughts arrive From god knows where, Or sun breaks through A fraying cloud Emboldening a patch Of trees, or grass, They just appeared From nowhere Among the harvesters . . . James Harpurwon Ireland's 2009 Michael Hartnett Poetry Award. He lives in County Cork, Ireland.
James Harpur has published four previous books of poetry and a translation of Boethius's poems entitled Fortune's Prisoner. He is poetry editor of the Temenos Academy Review and has won a number of prizes and awards, including the 2009 Michael Hartnett Award and the 1995 British National Poetry Competition. He has held residencies at the Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco, the Munster Literature Centre and Exeter Cathedral. He lives in Co. Cork.
Table of Contents
|Reflections on a Baby Crow in the Light of the Venerable Bede's Sparrow||p. 12|
|Gougane Barra||p. 16|
|Finbarr and the Serpent of Gougane Barra||p. 17|
|The Leper's Squint||p. 18|
|On First Seeing the Book of Kells||p. 20|
|The Removal||p. 22|
|A Churchyard Ghost in West Cork||p. 24|
|Christmas Snow||p. 27|
|Monte Cassino in Kerry||p. 29|
|Angels and Harvesters|
|The Falcon Carol||p. 35|
|The Shadow||p. 36|
|Angels and Harvesters||p. 38|
|The Pram Pusher's Tale||p. 42|
|Jacob Boehme's Revelation||p. 47|
|Visiting Julian of Norwich||p. 49|
|The Song of Richard Rolle||p. 51|
|Tobacco, Psalms and Bloodletting||p. 55|
|Hildegard and Volmar||p. 57|
|The Dark Night||p. 59|
|Winter Tree||p. 61|
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