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Opera Et Cetera

(1996)
A collection of poems by

 
 
Torqueing and tuning his long lines to the demands of rhyme, Carson skitters from Northern Ireland to Romania to the "twin volcanoes-Balalaika, Karaoke," from the Irish language to the Latin roots of English. In the opening series of alphabet poems, Carson turns the synchronic ABC's into isolable histories, miniature mysteries that, in sequence, compose a sinister, narrative trajectory, one that may not arrive at an ending, or that may conclude by questioning its beginnings. Meaning itself may fail in its delivery, as the final poem of the sequence suggests: "In the morning you open up the envelope. You will get whatever / Message is inside. It is for all time. Its postmark is 'The Twelfth of Never'" ("Z"). Words and stories proliferate, exuberantly and often hilariously, as Carson makes play of the "work" that is "Opera."

    

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September 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: Opera Et Cetera
Author(s): Ciaran Carson
ISBN: 0-916390-76-4 / 978-0-916390-76-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wake Forest University Press
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April 1996 : UK Hardback
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Title: Opera et Cetera
Author(s): Ciaran Carson
ISBN: 1-85235-188-8 / 978-1-85235-188-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Gallery Press
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Paperback Editions

October 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: Opera Et Cetera
Author(s): Ciaran Carson
ISBN: 0-916390-75-6 / 978-0-916390-75-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wake Forest University Press
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July 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Opera et Cetera
Author(s): Ciaran Carson
ISBN: 1-85224-396-1 / 978-1-85224-396-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
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April 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Opera et Cetera
Author(s): Ciaran Carson
ISBN: 1-85235-187-X / 978-1-85235-187-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Gallery Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA