Ciaran Carson - Breaking News (paperback)
Winner of the 2003 Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection
In many of these poems, Carson brings an alert, sensual awareness of events as if they were happening now. He radically revises paintings, other poems, and bulletins of a war correspondent "to accommodate rhyme and rhythm," as he says in his notes, or to post, as Pound says of poetry, the "news that stays news."
"Ciaran Carson is the circus act of contemporary Irish letters — a double-jointed marvel who defies the narrow, classifying imagination." Ian Samson, The Guardian
"... Carson displays a constant, playful inventiveness in discovering new ways in which the rhythms of spoken and written (journalistic) language can come to be perceived as poetry." Poetry Review
2003 64 pages