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The Minotaur and Other Poems

The Minotaur and Other Poems


By Anthony Cronin

Praise for Anthony Cronin's work:

The End of the Modern World

'The End of the Modern World should be as well-known as The Wasteland.'

- Anthony Burgess

RMS Titanic

'Out of this machine, the Titanic, a god steps.'

- David Wright

Selected Poems

'About the verse of Cronin there is neither twilight nor romanticism, and it is as if the strenuum of the best Irish prose has entered the verse at last.'

C.H. Sisson

A-format, paperback | 60pp | ISBN: 978-1-87459-978-8 | Release Date: May 2009

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In this new collection Anthony Cronin is concerned with some of the major themes of human existence; and he brings to them the originality, compassion, humour and insight which are already familiar to his readers. Here are poems about love, sex, motherhood, miracles, art and history as well as a strikingly refreshing meditation on humanity's lonely place in the cosmos. In 'The Minotaur', the long poem that gives the book its title, he uses a deeply disturbing ancient myth to illuminate the persistence of cruelty, greed and lust in a supposedly liberal and well-meaning world. It will take its place with those other long poems and sequences, including 'RMS Titanic' and 'The End of the Modern World', which have already marked the author out among his contemporaries as a master of the form; and, together with the rest of this collection, it will enhance his already acknowledged reputation as a unique and individual voice in poetry today.