In his foreword, Micheal O’Siadhail writes about the individual books that make up his Collected, drawing out common themes and relating the books to the various stages in his life at which they were written.
“Collected poems are a kind of retrospective symphony. There was no grand plan. Different phases of growth, the various exigencies in the theatre of living call up the movements.” - Micheal O’Siadhail, Foreword to his Collected Poem.
Micheal O’Siadhail is one of Ireland’s leading poets. Formerly a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and a professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, he has been a full-time writer since 1987. He has published thirteen books of poetry, the last nine from Bloodaxe, including Hail! Madam Jazz: New and Selected Poems (1992), Our Double Time (1998), Poems 1975-1995 (1999), The Gossamer Wall: poems in witness to the Holocaust (2002), Love Life (2005), Globe (2007) and Tongues (2010). He won the Marten Toonder Prize for Literature in 1998. He has given poetry readings and broadcast extensively in Ireland, Britain, continental Europe, North America and Japan. He lives in Dublin.
Collected Poems by Micheal O’Siadhail is published by Bloodaxe Books, price £20 (paper) and £30 (cased). With free audio CD of poems read by Micheal O'Siadhail.
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