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Following on from the remarkable riches of Gorse Fire, the poems brought together under the title The Ghost Orchid share some of the same concerns, but take many different approaches. Whether in the west of Ireland, Sissinghurst or the stone gardens of Japan; whether confronting the blood of the Iliad or the Odyssey or undergoing Ovidian metamorphoses; whether testing poetic form or renewing Ulster Scots dialect; whether in Buchenwald or Belfast, Longley speaks with pared delicacy, passion and huge vulnerability about love, life and death.
A lyric craftsman of genius, Michael Longley has written a book that is fragile and exquisite - like the evanescent ghost orchid itself - yet full of tragic intensity; it is his finest achievement.(1994-11-01)
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"His work indicates one of the gifts of the major poet, of making the one life speak for all, and its corollary, of seeming to be able to speak to anyone." (Sean O'Brien)
"Michael Longley's affectionate metre, his clean-cut and lucid measure, is one of the most distinguished accomplishments in contemporary poetry." (Douglas Dunn)
"A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of grief and wonders." (Seamus Heaney)
The magnificent new collection of poetry from the major Irish poet whose last book won the Whitbread Prize for Poetry.
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Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0224041126