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The Sea Cabinet By Caitriona O'Reilly

The Sea Cabinet by Caitriona O'Reilly

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Caitriona O'Reilly's poetry is remarkable for its precise observation of the natural world. Her second collection, The Sea Cabinet, broadens that clear-sighted vision in poems also haunted by history. A Poetry Book Society Recommendation, it was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award.

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The Sea Cabinet by Caitriona O'Reilly

Caitriona O'Reilly's poetry is remarkable for its precise observation of the natural world. Her second collection, The Sea Cabinet, broadens that clear-sighted vision in poems also haunted by history, consolidating the achievement of her prizewinning debut volume, The Nowhere Birds. Her title-poem conjures the vanished world of the whaling industry, and serves as a starting-point for other acute meditations on natural and cultural obsolescence. Yet the habitual concerns of the lyric self are present too, in poems which enact the dilemmas and anxieties of the individual amidst a rapidly changing environment. The Sea Cabinet was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. Caitriona O'Reilly's first collection The Nowhere Birds won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, given for the best book by any new Irish writer published in 2001. Her third collection Geis won the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2016

The Sea Cabinet Reviews

Caitriona O'Reilly's poetry collection The Sea Cabinet really impresses with its intellectual and emotional range. Not an overtly lyrical poet, O'Reilly nonetheless manages to explore the private self at odds with an environment and culture now in permanent flux. Her sense of the trail left by history is absorbing and fresh. -- Mary O'Donnell * Sunday Independent (Books of the Year) *
Excitingly sophisticated...possessed of metaphysical eloquence and quietly meditative intelligence, from this most European of Irish poets. -- Eileen Battersby * The Irish Times (Books of the Year) *
This is a profoundly unconventional collection. It is not, to begin with, lyric verse. Rather, it is an exploration of disturbance and alienation; whose strikingly ornate, often historically derived imagery generates a sense of coalescence, of the irresistible thickening-up of experience... When she stands back, lettting the poem build a new myth around an objection of quotidian apprehension - a Heliotrope, an X-ray - O'Reilly can be among the best we have. -- Fiona Sampson * The Irish Times *

About Caitriona O'Reilly

Caitriona O'Reilly was born in Dublin in 1973, grew up in Wicklow and Dublin, and now lives in Lincoln. She studied archaeology and English at Trinity College Dublin, where she wrote a doctoral thesis on American literature; she has also held the Harper-Wood Studentship from St John's College, Cambridge. Her first collection The Nowhere Birds was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2001, and won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2002 (given to the best new book by any Irish writer). Her second collection, The Sea Cabinet (Bloodaxe Books, 2006), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award in 2007. Her third collection, Geis (Bloodaxe Books, UK; Wake Forest University Press, USA, 2015), won the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2016, was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize in association with Listowel Writers' Week, and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She is a freelance writer and critic, has written for BBC Radio 4, translated from the Galician of Maria do Cebreiro, and published some fiction. She has collaborated with artist Isabel Nolan, edited several issues of Poetry Ireland Review, and was a contributing editor of the Irish poetry journal Metre.

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GOR010223159
9781852247058
1852247053
The Sea Cabinet by Caitriona O'Reilly
Used - Like New
Paperback
Bloodaxe Books Ltd
2006-01-27
64
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