From his dazzling, astonishingly inventive translations to his own poems and prose, Ciaran Carson continues to demonstrate what it means to have ears that truly work. He is one of the best poets on either side of the Atlantic and the publication of every one of his books is a major event in our literatures.
— Charles Simic
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Ciaran Carson was born in 1948 in Belfast, where he lives. He worked in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from 1975 to 1998, with responsibility for Traditional Music, and, more latterly, Literature.
In October 2003 he was appointed Professor of Poetry and Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast.
In recent years Ciaran Carson has written five prose books: Last Night’s Fun, a book about traditional music; The Star Factory, a memoir of Belfast; Fishing for Amber: A Long Story;Shamrock Tea, a novel, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize and The Pen Friend (a novel). He has won several literary awards, including the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Ciaran Carson’s translation of Dante’s Inferno (2002) was awarded the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and in 2003 he was made an honorary member of the Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association. He was a member of Aosdána and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Ciaran Carson died at his home in Belfast on 6 October 2019.
A dazzling collection written in six months of this year. Each of these poems begins with a painting (Canaletto, Poussin, Cézanne, Monet and Velázquez as well as contemporary Irish artists).