In his newest volume, named for the Japanese idea that the best water for tea is melted snow, Michael Longley once again demonstrates that he is one of the best nature poets writing in English. Even in elegies, culogies, and friendship verse, Longley's ability to find the right natural image with which to communicate his fellow feelings is striking. His subtle ministrations allow us to capture "our own little cumulus of exhalations."
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38 HARMONICA abundant farmland Allaran Point Anne Stevenson bedroom window beech tree bog asphodel burial mound butterfly Caher Island cairn Carricknashinnagh shoal Carrigskeewaun Claggan Clashnettie Cloonaghmanagh Corinna cottage crescent moon's dead dear octogenarian Jewish dipper Donegal Dooaghtry dragonfly duach dunes EARTHSHINE EDWARD THOMAS'S POEM eyes gateposts Gerard Dillon godwit Helen HELEN'S MONKEY heron hole house sparrows imperishable fabrics Inishdeigil IRISH HARE Lackakeely Level Pegging looked machair marsh marigolds Medbh McGuckian MOON CAKES mound at Templedoomore mountain hare NORWEGIAN WEDDING NOTES & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS octogenarian Jewish friend Old Poets otter outhouse Owennadornaun pear PETALWORT picture a heron PINE MARTEN PIPISTRELLE Pisa airport Poetry Praxilla rainbow road to Pisa robin Roonkeel rub supernatural preservative sanderlings skunk skylark SLEEP & DEATH snipe snow geese snow water speedy chaperons swans sycamore Thallabaun thirteen O'Tooles tide TRA-NA-ROSSAN twenties Blackburn twin brother Death Wash him properly whoopers wind wings WOODEN HARE WOODSMOKE Yellow Bungalow