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Title:
The man made of rain
Author:
Kennelly, Brendan.
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Publication Information:
Newcastle upon Tyne : Bloodaxe Books, 1998.
Physical Description:
94 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781852244552

9781852244545

9781852244583
Format :
Book

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Central Library PR6061.E6 M36 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

The long poem written after the poet's quadruple bypass surgery documents the shadowlands between life and death.


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Booklist Review

Kennelly, one of Ireland's most distinguished poets, is also one of its most continually surprising. Most poets of his generation are content to produce predictable (however predictably excellent) poems, but every volume by Kennelly is an unexpected opening. Cromwell (1983) was tight, controlled, controversial. The Book of Judas (1991) was vast and pained and demanding. Poetry My Arse (1995) was a wild kick in the pants (or the face) to the whole poetic enterprise. And now this book of exquisite, almost hallucinogenic poems based on the visionary near-death experiences that Kennelly had after quadruple bypass surgery. In them, a visitor--a man made of rain--came to Kennelly and showed him everything: the inside of his blood, the stories of his father's bones, the way "love shines through death / kisses it with those eyes," the way "Death has its own answer," the way "Love kisses death, again, again," and the way "Death disappears in the eyes of rain." Kennelly's poetry has never been more passionate or more sensous, never more full of life and paradox. This is poetry to read over and over and over. And over again. --Patricia Monaghan


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