For All We Know

by Ciaran Carson

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Poetry

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Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2008.

Costa Book Awards 2008 Judges' comment:
"The voices in this film noir poem - confident, seductive and hypnotic - draw the reader into a tragic, complex and dream-like love story."

For All We Know Synopsis

Shortly after a man and a woman meet for the first time in a second-hand clothes shop in Belfast, a bomb goes off. It is some time in the 1970s. They become lovers. For All We Know is their story, told in the recent past: a meditation on love, place, memory, loss and language, how people know each other, misunderstand each other, or translate each other, not to mention the events and circumstances which are beyond their control.

Gesturing towards a conventional sonnet sequence – the poems consist of fourteen lines, or multiples thereof, in lines of fourteen syllables – Ciaran Carson’s novelistic book also references film noir, Cold War thriller, fairy story, and the art of the fugue. In its uncanny music, repercussions and reprises, its mysterious unfolding of what happened or what might have been in Paris and Dresden (or was it Berlin?), For All We Know is a sequence of poems like nothing you’ve ever read before.

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ISBN: 9781852354398
Publication date: 01/03/2008
Publisher: The Gallery Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781852354398
Publication date: 1st March 2008
Author: Ciaran Carson
Publisher: The Gallery Press
Format: Paperback
Genres: Literary Fiction, Poetry,
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About Ciaran Carson

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.He is the author of eleven collections of poems, including The Irish for No, Belfast Confetti, The Twelfth of Never, First Language, Opera Et Cetera, Breaking News, For All We Know (Poetry Book Society Choice; shortlisted for next year's T S Eliot prize) and Collected Poems (2008). His translations include The Alexandrine ...

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