Seamus Heaney's new collection starts 'in an age of bare hands and cast iron' and ends 'as the automatic lock / clunks shut' in the eerie new conditions of a menaced twenty-first century. In their haunted, almost visionary clarity, the poems assay the weight and worth of what has been held in the hand and in the memory. Images out of a childhood ...
Seamus Heaney's new collection starts 'in an age of bare hands and cast iron' and ends 'as the automatic lock / clunks shut' in the eerie new conditions of a menaced twenty-first century. In their haunted, almost visionary clarity, the poems assay the weight and worth of what has been held in the hand and in the memory. Images out of a childhood spent safe from the horrors of World War II - railway sleepers, a sledgehammer, the 'heavyweight silence' of cattle out in rain - are coloured by a strongly contemporary sense that 'anything can happen', and other images from the dangerous present - a journey on the underground, a melting glacier - are fraught with this same anxiety. But District and Circle, which includes a number of prose poems and translations, offers resistance as the poet gathers his staying powers and stands his ground in the hiding places of love and excited language. In a sequence like 'The Tollund Man in Springtime' and in several poems which 'do the rounds of the district' - its known roads and rivers and trees, its familiar and unfamiliar ghosts - the gravity of memorial is transformed into the grace of recollection. With more relish and conviction than ever, Seamus Heaney maintains his trust in the obduracy of workaday realities and the mystery of everyday renewals: Again the growl / Of shutting doors, the jolt and one-off treble / Of iron on iron, then a long centrifugal / Haulage of speed through every dragging socket. (from 'District and Circle')
First British edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. "A book as original, startling and aesthetically compelling as any since his magisterial 1984 sequence, Station Island" (The Washington Post Book World). "[Heaney's] voice carries the authenticity and believability of the plainspoken--even though (herein his magic) his words are anything but plainspoken. His stanzas are dense echo chambers of contending nuances and ricocheting sounds. And his is the gift of saying something extraordinary while, line by line, conveying a sense that this is something an ordinary person might actually say" (Brad Leithauser, The New York Times Book Review).
Fine. Dust Jacket Included. Signed by Author First edition, first printing. Signed by Heaney on the title page. Publisher's forest green cloth, spine lettered in gilt; in the original dark gray laid paper dust jacket, lettered in yellow and bright green. A fine copy; in a fine and unclipped dust jacket. A lovely copy, signed by the author. District and Circle is a collection of poetry by Seamus Heaney, an esteemed Irish poet and winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature. Heaney also won the T. S. Eliot prize, one of the highest UK awards for poetry, in the same year. As Brad Leithauser explains in his New York Times review, "[Heaney's] poems spring out of the fields and bogs and woods of the Irish countryside, and they're rendered in a blunt, often remote vocabulary…that borrows from both local dialect and Anglo-Saxon roots … and that itself reminds us of his country's age-old struggle to wrest a livelihood from a frequently unpredictable and unforthcoming terrain."
Fine+ in Fine+ dust jacket. 8vo; [x], 76,  pages. 0571230962. A beautiful first edition/first printing in Very Fine condition in alike dust-jacket. SIGNED by poet Seamus Heaney directly on the title page; Heaney's diverse collection of poetry including prose, quatrains, and free verse portraying homages to everyday objects, elegies to other poets, and recollections from the Nobel Laureate's childhood in rural Ireland.
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