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In Train / Peter van de Kamp

In Train

By: Peter van de Kamp

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Many conversations are happening in these poems, wistful conversations which the poet is having with the reader and witty, engaging conversations with himself or with nobody in particular. Arresting, full of rhythm and gentle flow - never a dull moment. Oh, and he knows how to rhyme as well! Gabriel Rosenstock ... these poems are both persona...
ISBN 1 897648 61 8
Pub Date Sunday, June 01, 2008
Cover Image Peter Van de Kamp
Page Count 96
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Many conversations are happening in these poems, wistful conversations which the poet is having with the reader and witty, engaging conversations with himself or with nobody in particular. Arresting, full of rhythm and gentle flow - never a dull moment. Oh, and he knows how to rhyme as well!

Gabriel Rosenstock

... these poems are both personal and impersonal. They write with brutal candour about the heart of human fragility.... Poems like this are in communion with their own making, their own song and this more than any other quality, marks van de Kamp's extraordinary achievement.

Irish Literary Supplement

Peter van de Kamp

Peter van de Kamp was born in The Hague, The Netherlands in 1956. He taught English and Anglo-Irish Literature, Rhetoric and Stylistics at the University of Leiden and University College, Dublin, where he was a Newman Scholar. He now teaches at the Institute of Technology, Tralee. A poet, translator, critic, anthologist and scholar, he has published extensively in Ireland, England, Europe and the States. He co-authored a biography of Flann O'Brien with Peter Costello, edited, with Jacques Chuto et al., The Collected Works of James Clarence Mangan, with Frank van Meurs the most comprehensive bilingual anthology of Dutch poetry in English (Turning Tides), and with A. Norman Jeffares the recent series of anthologies, Irish Literature: The Eighteenth Century and Irish Literature: The Nineteenth Century. In all, he has published 17 books. His second collection of poetry, In Train, was published by Salmon in 2007. He was the founder of K.I.S.S., the Kerry International Summer School of Living Irish Authors. Peter lives in Tralee, with his wife Caroline and his dog Mickey, who both feature in this collection.

In Train

on first reading Atilla Joszef

The train sails south through sun-soaked plains -
But nothing trains this strain of brain:
It glaciates the grass to waste
Rats gnash and from their wasted frames
Worms emerge, sliding, grappling, like Chaplin
On that film of ice that all is trapped in.
Silly to entertain this strain
Would melt and let me in again.
We have arrived in Pécs on time,
My entertaining host and I
(She's rightly proud about its clime).

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