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The Ballad of HMS Belfast

(1999)
A collection of poems by

 
This compendium, made from Ciaran Carson's previous collections, reveals one of the most remarkable and sustained tours de force in contemporary poetry: the poet's reimaginign of his native city of Belfast. Carson introduces the reader to a city as full of surreal narrative and imaginative possibility as Borges' Buenos Aires or Calvino's Venice; at the same time he never shirks from taking a hard look at the city in all its political and cultural complexity.

In its refusal to simplify or romanticize, The Ballad of HMS Belfast is an indispensable guidebook to a city few will know exists.

'He is the master of the long line; these poems are manic, frightening and funny, and somehow manage to catch the tone of life in modern Belfast' John Banville, Irish Times

'It is about Belfast past and present and is full of surprises, savage and witty, human and extravagant. His voice is truly original, both intelligent and passionate' A. S. Byatt, Sunday Times Books of the Year

    


Hardback Editions

April 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Ballad of HMS Belfast
Author(s): Ciaran Carson
ISBN: 1-85235-247-7 / 978-1-85235-247-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Gallery Press
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Paperback Editions

May 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ballad of HMS Belfast (Bello)
Author(s): Ciaran Carson
ISBN: 1-4472-7123-8 / 978-1-4472-7123-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ballad of HMS Belfast: A Compendium of Belfast Poems: Selected Poems
Author(s): Ciaran Carson
ISBN: 0-330-37369-2 / 978-0-330-37369-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


April 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ballad of HMS Belfast
Author(s): Ciaran Carson
ISBN: 1-85235-246-9 / 978-1-85235-246-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Gallery Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Ballad of HMS Belfast
Author(s): Ciaran Carson
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   



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