By Pat Boran

Then Again

NB Available March 2019. Pre-orders only

Through a variety of meditations on found and treasured objects, Pat Boran’s seventh collection of poems, Then Again, invites the reader to look, and look again, at our common inheritance and to step even briefly out of the perspective of our own time and immediate experience.

Description

From treasures in museums to paintings in galleries and churches, from first impressions of the unfamiliar to fresh takes on the well-known and -loved, the triggers behind the poems in Pat Boran’s seventh collection in the main depart from the poet’s trademark starting point of autobiography.

Instead in Then Again his focus is very much outwards, with the poems comprising a mini Odyssey that takes in parts of Ireland, Paris, Sicily, Cyprus and elsewhere, finding along the way the echoes of earlier discoveries and deeper concerns.

The book’s title acknowledges both the unexpected returns and the subsequent re-evaluations that memory occasions as it makes new connections between present and past, between our personal journeys and our shared fate.

“A writer of great tenderness and lyricism …” – Agenda (UK)

“Local and international, personal and scientific, full of wisdom and wry humour …” – Irish Literary Supplement (USA)


Stillness

Like two startled meerkats
sensing a predator’s approach –
the return of the king
from some battle, the arrival
of his wayward, ‘inquisitive’ son –
hoping not to be chosen
these two female servants
take a deep breath
then stand so utterly still
that not only the moment
but the greater part of recorded history
passes them by,
all the ugly intentions of the world
muttering to themselves as they vanish
back into the night.

(Female Figurines, circa 1200 BC. Leventis Municipal Museum
of Nicosia, Cyprus)

 


ISBN 9781910251430 PB
ISBN 978910251447 HB
140 x 216 mm / 5.5” x 8.5”
90 pp approx
20 March 2019

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About The Author

Author

PAT BORAN was born in Portlaoise, in the Irish midlands, and has long since lived in Dublin. He has held a number of posts as Writer-in-Residence with libraries and third-level institutions and has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, the most recent of which are Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2016) with photographs by the author, and A Man Is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems (2017). Editions of his poetry have been published in Italian, Hungarian and Macedonian, with a selection recently issued in Portuguese, translated by Francisco José Craveiro de Carvalho. Boran's non-fiction includes the popular writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (various editions) and A Short History of Dublin. His memoir The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood, was published to considerable acclaim in 2009. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and former presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio 1, he has edited numerous anthologies, among them Wingspan: A Dedalus Sampler (2006), Flowing, Still: Irish Poets on Irish Poetry (2009), The Bee-Loud Glade (2009), Shine On: Irish writers supporting those affected by mental ill health (2011), the 2014 Dublin One City, One Book choice If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (co-editor Gerard Smyth) and, with co-editor Eugene O'Connell, The Deep Heart's Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem (2017). His achievements include The Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1989 and the US-based Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award in 2008. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of creative artists. (See also www.patboran.com)