With CD of poems read by Micheal O'Siadhail
Micheal O’Siadhail knows desire, love, trust and wonder, while at the same time facing suffering, tragedy and loss. His life has always been a yearning for meaning, and these four decades of poems work both head and heart towards a ripe wisdom. They are not only richly personal – marriage, friendship, vocation, grief – but also engage with what matters in culture and society – music, language, city life and the dynamics of history. His deep roots are Irish but O’Siadhail’s scope is global. This is life lived to the full with jazz-like leaps and let-go where classical forms and variations make for playful freedom and innovation.
His Collected Poems draws on thirteen collections, and includes a CD of him reading a selection of poems.
'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 on Collected Poems
'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 reads two poems
Micheal O'Siadhail reads two poems, 'Between' and 'Transit', from his Collected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2013). This film is from the DVD-book In Person: 30 Poets filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce, edited by Neil Astley, which includes five poems from his Collected Poems read by Micheal O'Siadhail.