Here is a new work by one of the best poets writing today. In this, his tenth collection, Michael Longley's themes and forms reach a new intensity. The second part of the book is a powerful sequence of elegies for his twin brother, Peter and the dominant mood is elegiac. The title poem begins: 'I have been thinking about the music for my funeral .' The two parts are also linked by Homer (Longley is well-known for his Homeric versions). The Stairwell is richly textured and moving. Longley has the rare ability to fuse emotional depth with complicated artistry - to make them, somehow, the same thing.
Michael Longley was born in Belfast in 1939 and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Trinity College Dublin where he read Classics. He has published nine collections of poetry includingGorse Fires (1991) which won the Whitbread Poetry Award, and The Weather in Japan (2000) which won the Hawthornden Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Prize. His Collected Poemswas published in 2006. In 2001 he received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was awarded a CBE in 2010. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry, 2007-2010. He and his wife, the critic Edna Longley, live and work in Belfast.
This very special edition of Michael Longley's new volume of poetry is limited to just seventy-five copies. It comes in a black cloth box with maroon leather binding, marbled endpapers and black ribbon.
Published 14th August 2014
Publisher: Cape Poetry
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