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Collected Poems

By Micheal O'Siadhail

Collected Poems
Paperback, 832 pages $59.95
Published: 15th August 2018
ISBN: 9781481309172
Format: 9in x 6in

Hardback, 832 pages $79.95
Published: 15th August 2018
ISBN: 9781481309189
Format: 9in x 6in


Celebrated poet Micheal O’Siadhail knows desire, love, trust, and wonder. He also intimately knows sorrow, suffering, tragedy, and loss. His life and his poetry have always yearned for meaning and virtue despite, and in the midst of, life’s pain.

This collection of poems, spanning four decades and drawing upon thirteen smaller collections, works both head and heart toward a mature and seasoned wisdom. The poems are not only richly personal, plumbing the depths of marriage, friendship, vocation, and grief, but they also engage with what matters most in culture and society—music, language, city life, and the dynamics of history.

O’Siadhail’s roots may be deeply Irish, but his poetry speaks for and to all.

"If Micheal O'Siadhail weren't already a large figure in Irish literature, this enormous volume would raise a monument to him."

—Brian Lynch, Irish Independent

"O’Siadhail’s books in turn report and discuss his experiences, of school, a long marriage and, latterly, his responses to the Holocaust, globalisation and other languages. Those last two subjects are the starting points for his most recent collections, Globe (2007) and Tongues (2010), which are admirably interested in trying out new kinds of line and form as they jam together his disorienting sense of a changing world with his memories of what has disappeared."

—John McAuliffe, Irish Times

"This is a vital book for anyone tracking the contemporary poetic landscape; it is the testament of a poet working not in a school or tradition, but rather as a ‘tradition-bearer, a memory-passer and a welcome’... years of reading, analysis, and generous artistry provide rich gifts for every reader."

—Martyn Halsall, Church Times

"A controlled sensuousness of language and it comes as near as poetry can, without being confessional, to conveying the overtones and textures of actual experience."

—Anne Stevenson

"O'Siadhail is both a poet of the world and for the world… his poetry is intricately complex yet accessible."

—Richard Dilworth Rust, Irish Literary Supplement

"The tone of O'Siadhail's voice is one of barely suppressed joy… exuberant, exploratory and incredibly entertaining."

—Mary O'Donnell, Studies

"One of our foremost poets… his work is that rare combination of the intellectual and the emotional."

—Eugene O'Brien, The Irish Book Review

Micheal O’Siadhail is an internationally acclaimed poet whose whose works include The Five Quintets and One Crimson Thread. He is Distinguished Poet in Residence at Union Theological Seminary.

Collected Poems
Collected Poems - Paperback cover

Collected Poems
Collected Poems - Hardback cover

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 832 pages
 9in x 6in

 Hardback , 832 pages
 9in x 6in

  POE003000, POE005020, REL067000
 Baylor University Press

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