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Belfast Confetti by Ciaran Carson. His subjects include the permeable boundaries of Belfast neighborhoods, of memory, of public and private fear, and, indeed, of the forms of language and art. Carson finds unexpected uses—constructive and destructive—of the building rubble of Belfast history. Rich in lore of place, these innovative and vividly fresh poems draw deeply on traditions—oral, local, and literary.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Belfast Confetti , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Belfast Confetti. I read this because McKinty mentioned the term "Belfast Confetti" in one of his books as being the bits of blown up car bombs and other bits and pieces resulting from the "troubles.
Not my usual thing, but nonetheless it held my attention. May 28, Christin rated it really liked it. It makes me sad that Ciaran Carson has such a bug up his ass about Seamus Heaney, since they are two phenomenal Irish poets who both write amazing poems. Why can't we all just get along, boys? Oh, that's right, because only one of them won the Nobel.
And though I appreciate Carson's talent and economy, his poems are broody, masculine compensating again? They make me feel like he has no friends, and one might argue that a state of isolation is necessary fo It makes me sad that Ciaran Carson has such a bug up his ass about Seamus Heaney, since they are two phenomenal Irish poets who both write amazing poems.
They make me feel like he has no friends, and one might argue that a state of isolation is necessary for some poets, but Heaney is warm and elegant like Irish coffee, and Muldoon is obviously the life of the drunken wordplay party like an Irish carbomb. Reading Carson is like doing shots of Jameson's alone on a rainy day when your dog died and your boyfriend dumped you. Nevertheless, his title poem is stellar. Jun 15, Donald Quist rated it liked it.
Features some really beautiful writing, including "Revised Version" which is one of the best lyrical essays I've ever read. Dec 09, Mahz rated it really liked it. This poem was very jumbling and confusing and that's what the Poet wanted to show I guess He used a lot of literature techniques and left sentences hanging And it wasn't what was in the context it was what was behind it and what he really felt in this Belfast war thing I guess the confetti meant fire going out like fireworks, or dead bodies, or objects, or even confetti itself But overall I like how it was structed and was created in a way to show what was going on!
Review to come after class discussions, at the minute we're sitting on 2 stars but could be pushed up to 3 if the poems are given more context.
Mar 27, Meghan rated it it was amazing. I loved this book of poetry. Carson's voice is gritty and urban but at the same time mature and intellectual. I don't know how he does it. May 20, Antonio Delgado rated it it was amazing. Geography is an afterthought. Geography is a map that cannot be trusted, that reflects time and memories. Nonetheless it is still the only map. Walking through it it is like mapping stars in the sky, it always changes with seasons and takes one to the ever changing old places.
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Readers also enjoyed. About Ciaran Carson. Ciaran Carson. He knows intimately not only the urban Belfast in which he was raised as a native Irish speaker, but also the traditions of rural Ireland. A traditional musician and a scholar of the Irish oral traditional, Carson was long the Traditional Arts Officer of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and is a flutist, tinwhistler, and singer.
He is married to fiddle player Deirdre Shannon, and has three children. Carson won an Eric Gregory Award in Books by Ciaran Carson. As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young ad Read more Trivia About Belfast Confetti.
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A life in poetry: Ciaran Carson
In the poem, an unnamed speaker appears to be caught up in a bomb blast and tries to escape. The poem then explores the relationship between violence and language itself, as the disoriented speaker searches for an escape route. According to Carson, the poem is set in August during the Troubles, a violent conflict that took place in Northern Ireland during the late 20th century. Suddenly as the And the explosion
Belfast Confetti By Ciaran Carson
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Then the narrator feels panic at being trapped in the streets he was walking through, "Balaclava, Raglan, Inkerman, Odessa Street - why can't I escape? Where am I coming from? From those streets, of course, all of them off the Catholic Falls Road: Raglan, he doesn't say, is the street he grew up on. The question, then, is a particular affront, but also a reminder of how small and enclosed the area always was, and how it will always, at some level, define who he is.