The Twelfth Of Never

The Twelfth Of Never

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This collection of poetry is a sequence of 77 sonnets, written in alexandrines, that takes the reader through revolutionary France and Ireland to imperial Japan. The poppy recurs as an emblem of peace and the opium wars, and a fractured vision of an ideal republic gradually emerges.

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Ciaran Gerard Carson was born in 1948 in Belfast and educated at The Queen’s University, Belfast. He knows intimately not only the urban Belfast in which he was raised as a native Irish speaker, but also the traditions of rural Ireland. A traditional musician and a scholar of the Irish oral traditional, Carson was long the Traditional Arts Officer of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and is a flutist, tinwhistler, and singer. He is Chair of Poetry at the Seamus Heaney Centre for poetry at Q...more