The Blackbird's Nest: An Anthology of Poetry from Queen's University Belfast

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-04-15
  • Publisher: Dufour Editions

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Queen's University Belfast was at the heart of the remarkable flowering of poetry in Northern Ireland in the 1960s, a flowering that saw poet graduates such as Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon take Irish poetry to an international audience. Beginning with Helen Waddell. the anthology gathers together those poets who have helped to nurture poetry at the university, including John Hewitt. Philip Larkin, Michael Longley, and Medbh McGuckian, as well as the many other poets, whether former graduates or members of staff, who have made a vital contribution to the development of poetry at Queen's.

Table of Contents

Epitaph for his niece, Sophiap. 1
Lament for Hathimoda, abbess of Gandesheimp. 2
Substance and shadowp. 3
The king's horsesp. 4
from Resurrection : an Easter sequencep. 6
Field dayp. 7
St. Andrew's Dayp. 8
Carnival at the riverp. 9
My mother's young sisterp. 10
The hunger-marchersp. 12
Church goingp. 13
Reasons for attendancep. 16
Arriving at Larne : seasickp. 17
Raspberriesp. 18
In memoriam : 17 June 1977p. 20
The Carillon pendulum clockp. 22
In the smokep. 24
A small warp. 25
Time wasp. 27
Jeaniep. 29
Over the bridgep. 31
Watter quailp. 32
The astigmaticp. 34
Girl reporterp. 36
Didn't he ramblep. 37
Stephano remembersp. 40
An Oul Jobbin' poetp. 41
A sofa in the fortiesp. 43
Postscriptp. 46
Ceasefirep. 47
The leveretp. 48
Homeworkp. 49
The brethrenp. 50
Paddy diesp. 52
The angel of deathp. 53
The smell of frying cheesep. 54
Irish harep. 56
Stealing the genrep. 57
Prayer for Northern Irelandp. 60
Robert Satp. 61
Sionnachp. 62
Foxp. 63
The middle manager in paradisep. 64
One looks at onep. 67
Hamletp. 68
Belfast Confettip. 72
Tulipsp. 73
The sittingp. 74
Trucep. 75
Green gownp. 76
The children of Lirp. 80
The blue bowlp. 83
Morning starp. 84
Salt caressp. 86
Rite of springp. 87
Mushroomingp. 88
By starlight on Narin Strandp. 90
Words from the other sidep. 92
Do Isaac Rosenbergp. 94
For Isaac Rosenbergp. 97
I gCeann Mo Thri Bliana A Bhi Mep. 99
Clabber : the poet at three yearsp. 100
Angelp. 101
A respect for law and orderp. 102
Disappearedp. 104
Footballers in the snowp. 105
Dream of a portrait painter on a Sunday afternoon in the Alamedap. 107
Bobby, Wilfred and Seanp. 108
The waterfall walkp. 109
Untitled sonnetp. 110
An Maine Gaelachp. 111
The Irish-speaking Mynahp. 114
Sea stonesp. 116
Clocksp. 118
12th October, 1994p. 120
By my skinp. 123
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