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Drawn from Peter Sirr's published verse from several and diverse poetry publications from 1982 through 2000 Feb 10, 2006
One of the best of the contemporary Irish poets, Selected Poems is drawn from Peter Sirr's published verse from several and diverse poetry publications from 1982 through 2000. Characterized by a deft mastery of languages to evoke emotion, imagery, and the mindscape of his reader, Selected Poems will deftly serve to introduce a master poet to a whole new generation of appreciative readers. In The Graveyard: They lived and died in the same place./The same names occurring, same big skies above./This close, they must move still in their cottages/and walk their fields, or stand now watching/the mountains purpling in the last sun/and hear the sea turning onto the slope of the beach/its calm, insistent weight. The air's crowded with them/as they move and watch and listen, no one/having told them otherwise. And if/absentmindedly they drift back here/to this silent field, they'll find/the gate locked before them and their names/unreadable on the stones. They'll walk back towards the village/and climb into their beds, whatever was theirs still theirs.