Thomas Kinsella


Quotations

  • ''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
    to the scullery, and down to the back room.''
    Thomas Kinsella (b. 1929), Irish poet. Ancestor (l. 16-21). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''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'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''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'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''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'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''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'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''I towel my shaven jaw and stop, and stare,
    Riveted by a dark exhausted eye,
    A dry downturning mouth.''
    Thomas Kinsella (b. 1929), Irish poet. Mirror in February (l. 5-7). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.

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