The Alexandrine Plan


Ciaran Carson

Available in Paperback only

In thirty-four sonnets Ciaran Carson animates the romantic agony of three of Europe’s great nineteenth-century poets with characteristic humour, argot and brilliant rhymes. Their formal patterns harness the forward rush of his thought and language. His ‘correspondences’ in The Alexandrine Plan show these poets’ relevance to late twentieth-century Ireland.

From the dazzling, astonishingly inventive translations of Beaudelaire’s, Rimbaud’s and Mallarme’s sonnets 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 we have on both sides of the Atlantic and the publication of every one of his books is a major event in our literatures.’

Charles Simic

Year Published: 1998
Details: 96pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 218 9

The Gallery Press