Still Life

by Ciaran Carson


Still Life | 9781911337829 | Ciaran Carson

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Format:Paperback / softback

Published:16/10/2019 by The Gallery Press


Ciaran Carson is simply one of the great writers of our time. There are few better books than his Collected Poems. Hot on the heels of From There to Here: Selected Poems and Translations (2018) comes Still Life, a dazzling collection written in the six months before his death in October 2019. Each of these poems begins with a painting (Canaletto, Poussin, Cezanne, Monet and Velazquez as well as contemporary Irish artists).

By contemplating it, or by looking closely or remembering carefully, his mind roams, embracing parts of his days and, often, observations in the course of a daily walk with his wife, Deirdre, near their home in Belfast. Following his diagnosis with incurable lung cancer in March of this year Still Life stares mortality in the face. A book of uncommon bravery, it is a hymn to art and to the ordinary beauties of a blessed life.

This posthumous collection of poems by Ciaran Carson confirms his reputation as one of the poets without whom we cannot make sense of our era. As the punning title suggests, the book is a testimony both to the power of art (particularly the ekphrastic art of poetry on, or about, painting), and the indomitability of the human spirit. — Paul Muldoon, The Irish Times