Human Chain: Poems

By: Heaney, Seamus

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First edition. First printing. Full number line and/or stated 1st edition.Tight binding. Clean unmarked text and covers.Small previous ownership name and date written on front pastedown...otherwise book is in fine condition.Like new DJ enclosed in mylar.Earthlight Books is a family owned and operated, independent bookstore serving Walla Walla, Washington since 1973.

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A "Boston Globe" Best Poetry Book of 2011
Winner of the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize
Winner of the 2011 Poetry Now Award

Seamus Heaney's new collection elicits continuities and solidarities, between husband and wife, child and parent, then and now, inside an intently remembered present--the stepping stones of the day, the weight and heft of what is passed from hand to hand, lifted and lowered. "Human Chain "also broaches larger questions of transmission, of lifelines to the inherited past. There are newly minted versions of anonymous early Irish lyrics, poems that stand at the crossroads of oral and written, and other "hermit songs" that weigh equally in their balance the craft of scribe and the poet's early calling as scholar. A remarkable sequence entitled "Route 101" plots the descent into the underworld in the Aeneid against single moments in the arc of a life, from a 1950s childhood to the birth of a first grandchild. Other poems display a Virgilian pietas for the dead--friends, neighbors, family--that is yet wholly and movingly vernacular.

"Human Chain "also includes a poetic "herbal" adapted from the Breton poet Guillevic--lyrics as delicate as ferns, which puzzle briefly over the world of things and landscapes that exclude human speech, while affirming the interconnectedness of phenomena, as of a self-sufficiency in which we too are included

Title: Human Chain: Poems

Author Name: Heaney, Seamus

ISBN Number: 0374173516

ISBN-13: 9780374173517

Location Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 2010-09-13

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Like New

Size: 5x0x8

Type: hardcover

Categories: Poetry

Seller ID: 230513004