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“What an astonishing feel for language, physical fact and ramifying thought these poems show.  Nothing seems lost on Ciaran Berry’s quick eye, nor too rich or subtle for his quickening tongue.  He generates image after striking image in a language of peculiar immediacy—thoughtful, sensuous, and with a remarkable confidence of rhythmic control. Sliding between the everyday world of simple action and the deeper layers of imaginative attention, the richly packed poems of The Sphere of Birds signal a debut not just of young promise but of mature achievement.”—Eamon Grennan, author of The Quick of It 

The Sphere of Birds is a book of excruciating beauty, expanding and contracting in an ever-widening circle from the personal to the historical, expositional to spiritual, blindness to vision.”

—Cathy Song, author of Cloud Moving Hands

About the Author

Ciaran Berry teaches in the Expository Writing Program at New York University, where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree and was awarded a New York Times fellowship. His work has appeared in AGNI, The Threepenny Review, Green Mountains Review, The Missouri Review, and Notre Dame Review. He is from the northwest of Ireland.


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Product Details

  • Series: Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (February 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809328380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809328383
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,120,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the best poetry books i've read in a long long time. Strong and clean images in your minds around the words. You want to read something differente? This is your chance. Enjoy
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