The Ship of Birth records a father's responses in the time immediately before and after the birth of his child. Just as material significant to the dead is placed in a ship of death, so this ship of birth contains what is significant to the child: the wonder and trepidation of the parents, the nature of the soul, the future growth of the child. ...
The Ship of Birth records a father's responses in the time immediately before and after the birth of his child. Just as material significant to the dead is placed in a ship of death, so this ship of birth contains what is significant to the child: the wonder and trepidation of the parents, the nature of the soul, the future growth of the child. Greg Delanty's poems draw on his experiences in American and Irish cultures, using the traditional verse structures of seventeenth-century religious poets along with open modern colloquial forms to evoke the subtle interconnections of the past and future. Without sentimentality or self-indulgence, Delanty acknowledges the dark and difficult reality that the child faces, while affirming the sustaining continuity of life.
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Fine. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author(s) Color illus. wraps. As issued. Inscribed and signed (as "Greg") on lower title page, dated 7 Nov. 2003, also signed (full signature) above printed name on upper title page. 61 pp.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge
Publishers Weekly, 2007-03-19 Despite his long residence in Vermont, Delanty remains an Irish poet at heart; his compact, entertaining seventh collection, much of it built around the birth of his son, Daniel, draws on some of the virtues and mannerisms of Delanty's compatriot Paul Muldoon. Effusive, distractable, given to wit and to sonic patterns just this side of ostentation, Delanty's stanzas celebrate conception, gestation and early childhood without taking themselves overseriously: an opening poem hails "Our sprout// who art there inside the spacecraft/ of your Ma." The delivery itself gives rise to a profusion of consonant wordplay, since the poet envisions it as "A Circus": "juggling doctors; funambulist nurses;/ and all the farraginous farrago of this Earth." Soon after Daniel is born, Delanty's mother dies; her diagnosis, chemotherapy and expected demise provide a counterpoint to the birth, and Delanty (The Blind Stitch) treats her death with relative reserve. Rapid free verse that at times approximates couplets, stanzas packed with off-rhymes, and attractively constructed sonnets make clear his technical prowess, while quotable endings should bring a tremble of recognition to readers who know the scenes described; at the end of "The Fetal Monitor Day," the son in the womb has "gone quiet as a dormouse,/ about to bring down your own house." (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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