From the New York Times best-selling author of Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín’s first collection of poetry explores sexuality, religion, and belonging through a modern lens

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Product Code: 3207
ISBN: 9780807008164
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Pages: 144
Published Date: 04/11/2023
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Fans of Colm Tóibín’s novels, including The Magician, The Master, and Nora Webster, will relish the opportunity to re-encounter Tóibín in verse. Vinegar Hill explores the liminal space between private experiences and public events as Tóibín examines a wide range of subjects—politics, queer love, reflections on literary and artistic greats, living through COVID, and facing mortality. The poems reflect a life well-traveled and well-lived; from growing up in the town of Enniscorthy, wandering the streets of Dublin, and crossing the bridges of Venice to visiting the White House, readers will travel through familiar locations and new destinations through Tóibín's unique lens.

Within this rich collection of poems written over the course of several decades, shot through with keen observation, emotion, and humor, Tóibín's offers us lines and verses to provoke, ponder, and cherish.


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Contents

September
In Los Angeles
Curves
Mysterium Lunae
The Long Trick
Two Grecos
Thunder All Night
From the Catalan
High Up
August
Anton Webern in Barcelona
Object on a Table
Orchard
Cush Gap, 2007
Morning
Open House
Blue Shutters
Shadows
The Marl Hole
The Nun
The Rosary
Vinegar Hill
Bishops
Kennedy in Wexford
Vatican II
Face
From the Air
The Torturer’s Art
American Poem
Life
Dublin: Saturday, 23 May, 2015
Gellert Baths, Spring 1990
Dead Cinemas
Variations on a Scene from Maeve Binchy
I Ran Away
The House
Two or Three
Emily Kngwarreye in Dublin
In Washington DC
In the White House
Late
November in America
Lines Written After the Second Moderna Vaccine at Dodgers’ Stadium Los Angeles, 27 February 2021
December
Two Plus One
In Memoriam
Ritual
Father & Son
In San Clemente
Eccles Street
Orpheus
Small Wonder
Canal Water
Tiepolo
Prayer to St Agnes
Eve
Arafat in Tunis
Jericho
Valentin’s Prayer
Pangur
Because the Night

“A meditative probe into the language of ordinary days.” —The New York Times

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