Sunday, November 03, 2013

A crime/war poem from Ciaran Carson

Here's another poem that packs the punch of a good crime story. The poem is "Trap," from Ciaran Carson's 2003 collection Breaking News and also available in his Collected Poems:
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Here are more Detectives Beyond Borders posts about poetry that may appeal to readers of crime fiction (Click on the link, then scroll down.)
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Blogger adrian mckinty said...


Thank you for that.

Love CC. Maybe the best living Irish poet now that SH is no longer with us?

Certainly up there with Muldoon and Mahon and the young snapper Sinead Morrissey...

November 03, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

And highly accessible, and able to work in disparate styles, and involved with the outside world in a way that's bracing to read, as in "Belfast Confetti," which you, of course, will know well. I was pleased to find that one of his poems invokes William Carlos Williams. I can see why, especially in some of those poems in Breaking News, with their short lines.

November 03, 2013  
Blogger Richard L. Pangburn said...

I like your taste in poetry expressed in the several blogs here.

You should be aware, if you are not already, of Kenneth Fearing's poetry. He's the guy who wrote THE BIG CLOCK, but his now obscure poetry fits well with your other posts, slang and all.

Here's a good link for openers:

November 04, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Richard: Thanks for the kind words and for the link. I knew about Fearing, but I had no idea that he wrote poetry. That looks like an thoughtful article.

November 04, 2013  

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