Portobello Sonnets by Harry Clifton

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Clifton’s is a sophisticated and humanistic imagination, alert to the saving human detail and at some level always in search of the bigger picture.
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Harry Clifton, who divides his life between Ireland and elsewhere, is widely considered a bridge between younger and older Irish poets. This new volume provides further evidence of his pivotal position. Portobello, the district in Dublin where he lives, is a microcosm of a changing, cosmopolitan Ireland. These sonnets, written on his return from sixteen years in continental Europe, are at once a celebration of place, a coming to terms with age, and a rediscovering of the universal in the local.
 

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Harry Clifton was born in 1952 in Dublin, where he was educated at Blackrock College and University College, Dublin. He wrote On the Spine of Italy: A Year in the Abruzzi (1999), a prose work based on a year he spent in Italy’s Abruzzi Mountains. He subsequently lived in Switzerland, England, and Germany before settling in Paris for ten years, a period that he recorded in Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994–2004 (2007). His poems have been translated into several European languages, and he also published a book of stories, Berkeley’s Telephone and Other Fictions (2000).
 
Published April 1, 2017 by Wake Forest University Press. 48 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Sean O'Brien on Apr 07 2017

Clifton’s is a sophisticated and humanistic imagination, alert to the saving human detail and at some level always in search of the bigger picture.

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