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- DescriptionThe poems in Maurice Riordan's second collection are unusual in their recourse to the humanist belief in poetry as one of the forms of kwledge, imparting information about the observable world; but they also mix ancient wisdom (signs and wonders) with the open-ended science of the quantum age. Riordan's vision is syncretist. The old and new coexist - interrogating the book's epigraph that 'time is what keeps everything from happening at once' - and this informs his more personal poems: childhood memories of rural Ireland and poems of irretrievable loss nuanced with the restorative intimation that time's arrow is t, perhaps, relentlessly linear.
- Author BiographyMaurice Riordan was born in 1953 in Lisgoold, Co. Cork. His first collection, A Word from the Loki (1995) was nominated for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Floods (2000) was a Book of the Year in both the Sunday Times and Irish Times. The Holy Land (2007) won the Michael Hartnett Award. He lives in London and has taught at Imperial College and Goldsmiths College, and is currently Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University. In 2013 Riordan was appointed Editor of Poetry Review.
- PrizesShortlisted for Whitbread Book Awards: Poetry Category 2000.
- Author(s)Maurice Riordan
- PublisherFaber & Faber
- Date of Publication18/09/2000
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Series TitleFaber Plays
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintFaber & Faber
- Weight80 g
- Width127 mm
- Height199 mm
- Spine7 mm
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