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    Default Soundings is back in print - will you buy it?

    Forty years or so ago Gus Martin compiled an anthology of poetry for use in second level schools. It was removed from the curriculum in 2000. By popular demand, say the publishers, it is being reprinted and is in the shops again in the morning.

    As someone who who greatly enjoyed most of the poems in it, I'll be there tomorrow waving a credit card.

    Will you buy it?


    Legendary Soundings poetry book back by popular demand
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    Thomas Kinsella's Another September

    Dreams fled away, this country bedroom, raw
    With the touch of the dawn, wrapped in a minor peace,
    Hears through an open window the garden draw
    Long pitch black breaths, lay bare its apple trees,
    Ripe pear trees, brambles, windfall-sweetened soil,
    Exhale rough sweetness against the starry slates.
    Nearer the river sleeps St. John's, all toil
    Locked fast inside a dream with iron gates.

    Domestic Autumn, like an animal
    Long used to handling by those countrymen,
    Rubs her kind hide against the bedroom wall
    Sensing a fragrant child come back again
    - Not this half-tolerated consciousness
    That plants its grammar in her yielding weather
    But that unspeaking daughter, growing less
    Familiar where we fell asleep together.

    Wakeful moth wings blunder near a chair,
    Toss their light shell at the glass, and go
    To inhabit the living starlight. Stranded hair
    Stirs on still linen. It is as though
    The black breathing that billows her sleep, her name,
    Drugged under judgement, waned and - bearing daggers
    And balances--down the lampless darkness they came,
    Moving like women : Justice, Truth, such figures.

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    definitely. That was a fantastic collection of poetry. Can't believe it was taken off the curriculum

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    Quote Originally Posted by He3 View Post

    Will you buy it?
    Depends on how much change I have left after buying Peig and 'text and tests' ( a maths book).

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    I was just thinking a few days ago how I'd love to find my old copy of Soundings. Very happy to hear it's back in print

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    Did anyone ever use a felt marker to transfrom the letter P-E-I-G into B-A-G?

    If I ever get my hands on a Tardis........
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    Buy it ....... well I might but only to initiate a public buring.
    That thing caused me countless hours of misery!

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    That Peig crap was responsible for generations of people hating Irish. That scumbag DeValera and his ilk really tried hard to destroy the language with that servile muck. As for buying 'Soundings' - no!

    Regards...jmcc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cassandra Syndrome View Post
    Did anyone ever use a felt marker to transfrom the letter P-E-I-G into B-A-G?

    If I ever get my hands on a Tardis........

    Someone I know (ahem) rubbed out the E.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cassandra Syndrome View Post
    Did anyone ever use a felt marker to transfrom the letter P-E-I-G into B-A-G?

    If I ever get my hands on a Tardis........
    I went for B-I-T-C-H and believe it or not P-I-G-L-E-T

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