Drives (Google eBook)

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Random House, Oct 14, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 80 pages
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Following on from the assured day-to-day poems of her first collection, Leontia Flynn's second, Drives, is a book of restless journeys - real and imaginary - interspersed with a series of sonnets on writers. Beginning in Belfast, where she lives, she visits a disjointed number of cities in Europe and the States - each one the occasion for an elliptical postcard home to herself.

Alongside these reports from abroad, portraits of dead writers flicker through the pages of this book - Baudelaire, Proust and Beckett; Bishop, Plath and Virginia Woolf - all revealing aspects of themselves, their frailties and their sicknesses, but also, we suspect, aspects of their ventriloquising author.

What these poems share is a furious refusal of received opinion, of a language recycled and redundant; they are raw exposed and angrily aware of distance - the distance between what one needs and what one receives, between love and what is lost. In particular, the lives here are haunted by the lost idyll of childhood, while poems about the poet's own mother and ageing father bring the collection to a close. With an alert ear for fracture and disarray and a tender eye for damage, Drives is a passionate enquiry into what shapes us as individuals.

  

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liked a lot, really a 3.5. but it wasn't love love for me. lots of nice moments, but only a handful of poems stood out as greater than the sum of their parts. still, quite good and i'd love to read more of her work. Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
SONG
BELFAST
THE ODYSSEY
COUNTRY SONGS
PASTORAL
CASABLANCA BACKWARDS
VIRGINIA WOOLF
LA
WASHINGTON
NEW YORK
DOROTHY PARKER
F SCOTT FITZGERALD
ALFRED HITCHCOCK
ELIZABETH BISHOP
AIRPORTS

LEAVING BELFAST
HOWARD HUGHES
PERSONALITY
SAMUEL BECKETT
OLIVE SCHREINER
SKY BOATS
MONACO
BEAUSOLEIL
BARCELONA
ROME
THE LITTLE MERMAID
THE HUMAN FISH
PARIS
BERLIN
BOXES
POEM FOR CHRISTMAS
JOE AND ÚNAS BOAT
POEM FOR NEW YEAR
MARCEL PROUST
CHARLES BAUDELAIRES MOTHER
ROBERT LOWELL
SATURDAY I N THE POOL
DONT WORRY
WANTS
A HEAD FOR FIGURES
GEORGE ORWELLS DEATH
CYPRUS AVENUE
ANNIE HALL
SYLVIA PLATHS SINUS CONDITION
WE USE BRILLIANTINE
MILOŠ
FOR THE SUICIDE IN THE TATE MODERN
DRIVE
WINTER LIGHT
OUR FATHERS
SPRING POEM
DUNGENESS
POEM FOR AN UNBORN CHILD
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About the author (2008)

Leontia Flynn was born in 1974 and lives in Belfast. Her first book, These Days, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's University.

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