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Thomas Kinsella (born 4 May 1928) is an Irish poet, translator, editor, and publisher.

Kinsella was born in Inchicore, Dublin. He spent most of his childhood in the Kilmainham/Inchicore area of Dublin. He was educated at the Model School, Inchicore, where classes were taught through the medium of the Irish language, and at the O'Connell Schools in North Richmond Street, Dublin. His ... more »

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  • Ancestor . . . among sweet- and fruit-boxes.
    Her black heart . . .
    Was that a sigh?
    Mbrushing by me in the shadows,
    with her heaped aprons, through the red hangings
    ...
    Thomas Kinsella (b. 1929), Irish poet. Ancestor (l. 16-21). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987) Oxford Univer...
  • ''The goddess who had light for thighs
    Grows feet of dung and takes to bed,
    Affronting horror-stricken eyes,
    The marsh bird that children dread.''
    Thomas Kinsella (b. 1929), Irish poet. Baggot Street Deserta (l. 50-53). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'...
  • ''The window is wide
    On a crawling arch of stars, and the night
    Reacts faintly to the mathematic
    Passion of a cello suite
    Plotting the quiet of my attic.''
    Thomas Kinsella (b. 1929), Irish poet. Baggot Street Deserta (l. 4-8). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Cl...
  • ''Versing, like an exile, makes
    A virtuoso of the heart,
    Interpreting the old mistakes
    And discords in a work of Art''
    Thomas Kinsella (b. 1929), Irish poet. Baggot Street Deserta (l. 24-28). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'...
  • ''In slow distaste
    I fold my towel with what grace I can,
    Not young, and not renewable, but man.''
    Thomas Kinsella (b. 1929), Irish poet. Mirror in February (l. 19-21). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Cla...
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