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.Thomas Kinsella (b. 1929), Irish poet. Ancestor (l. 16-21). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987) Oxford Univer...
Her black heart . . .
Was that a sigh?
Mbrushing by me in the shadows,
with her heaped aprons, through the red hangings
''The goddess who had light for thighsThomas Kinsella (b. 1929), Irish poet. Baggot Street Deserta (l. 50-53). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'...
Grows feet of dung and takes to bed,
Affronting horror-stricken eyes,
The marsh bird that children dread.''
''The window is wideThomas Kinsella (b. 1929), Irish poet. Baggot Street Deserta (l. 4-8). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Cl...
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.''
''Versing, like an exile, makesThomas Kinsella (b. 1929), Irish poet. Baggot Street Deserta (l. 24-28). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'...
A virtuoso of the heart,
Interpreting the old mistakes
And discords in a work of Art''