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This edition is limited to one hundred copies specially bound in goatskin, with a slipcase, and numbered and signed by the author. A remote townland in County Mayo, Carrigskeewaun has been for nearly fifty years Michael Longley’s home-from-home, his soul-landscape. Its lakes and mountains, wild animals and flowers, its moody seas and skies have for decades lit up his poetry This edition is limited to one hundred copies specially bound in goatskin, with a slipcase, and numbered and signed by the author. A remote townland in County Mayo, Carrigskeewaun has been for nearly fifty years Michael Longley’s home-from-home, his soul-landscape. Its lakes and mountains, wild animals and flowers, its moody seas and skies have for decades lit up his poetry. Now they overflow into Angel Hill, his exuberant new collection. In addition, Longley has been exploring Lochalsh in the Western Highlands where his daughter the painter Sarah Longley now lives with her family. She has opened up for him her own soul-landscape with its peculiar shapes and intense colours. In Angel Hill the imaginations of poet and painter intermingle and two exacting wildernesses productively overlap. Love poems and elegies and heart-rending reflections on the Great War and the Northern Irish Troubles add further weight to Michael Longley’s outstanding eleventh collection. Angel Hill will undoubtedly delight this great poet’s many admirers.


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This edition is limited to one hundred copies specially bound in goatskin, with a slipcase, and numbered and signed by the author. A remote townland in County Mayo, Carrigskeewaun has been for nearly fifty years Michael Longley’s home-from-home, his soul-landscape. Its lakes and mountains, wild animals and flowers, its moody seas and skies have for decades lit up his poetry This edition is limited to one hundred copies specially bound in goatskin, with a slipcase, and numbered and signed by the author. A remote townland in County Mayo, Carrigskeewaun has been for nearly fifty years Michael Longley’s home-from-home, his soul-landscape. Its lakes and mountains, wild animals and flowers, its moody seas and skies have for decades lit up his poetry. Now they overflow into Angel Hill, his exuberant new collection. In addition, Longley has been exploring Lochalsh in the Western Highlands where his daughter the painter Sarah Longley now lives with her family. She has opened up for him her own soul-landscape with its peculiar shapes and intense colours. In Angel Hill the imaginations of poet and painter intermingle and two exacting wildernesses productively overlap. Love poems and elegies and heart-rending reflections on the Great War and the Northern Irish Troubles add further weight to Michael Longley’s outstanding eleventh collection. Angel Hill will undoubtedly delight this great poet’s many admirers.

30 review for Angel Hill: Limited Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pascale Petit

    'Angel Hill' brings indoors the outdoors of Carrigskeewaun in County Mayo, in short bursts of “crushed sunlight”. Longley’s poems are like candied fruits, but not without the occasional sharp tang, as he is 78. His are the kind of books you restart reading as soon as you’ve finished, those short concentrated verses are so delicate the sense shifts each time, but the images shine with wisdom and colour. He can conjure “a field in a tooth glass”, while sunlight through chestnut leaves is “that jar 'Angel Hill' brings indoors the outdoors of Carrigskeewaun in County Mayo, in short bursts of “crushed sunlight”. Longley’s poems are like candied fruits, but not without the occasional sharp tang, as he is 78. His are the kind of books you restart reading as soon as you’ve finished, those short concentrated verses are so delicate the sense shifts each time, but the images shine with wisdom and colour. He can conjure “a field in a tooth glass”, while sunlight through chestnut leaves is “that jar of honey / on the kitchen table’.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    A collection that comes with age. When life becomes a bit simpler and can be taken on wisdom's terms, and as one begins to see their loved ones pass on with increasing frequency, it is notable that their poems become less urgent, not more. I think this is because, as one ages, they find that urgency and activism can be quite fickle and overrated. When one has amassed a career of images, the ones that begin to stand out are the ones most others take for granted, such as those found here; pine mar A collection that comes with age. When life becomes a bit simpler and can be taken on wisdom's terms, and as one begins to see their loved ones pass on with increasing frequency, it is notable that their poems become less urgent, not more. I think this is because, as one ages, they find that urgency and activism can be quite fickle and overrated. When one has amassed a career of images, the ones that begin to stand out are the ones most others take for granted, such as those found here; pine martens and corncrakes, bookshops and furrows, riddles and songs, portraits and dreams, grandchildren and old friends, jewelry and bed pillows, snowdrops and thistles, crosses and nativity, birthplaces and cemeteries. The poems are simple, short, still imaginative. Covering much ground in matters trivial to many, but primary to those that understand them well. Many of the poems stand on their own, and yet, the book could be read as a single long-form on the nature of things. One to come back to.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Brumby

    I like the simplicity and actuality of the poem's references to small real events which gives them a sense of integrity, like letters or pieces of conversation, involving the reader. They are beautifully written and therefore the small things do resonate with meaning. However i felt some concern that nastiness and the threats to those small things seem to be not just excluded, but ignored. Possibly however he feels them to be sad and nostalgic as much as I do. I like the simplicity and actuality of the poem's references to small real events which gives them a sense of integrity, like letters or pieces of conversation, involving the reader. They are beautifully written and therefore the small things do resonate with meaning. However i felt some concern that nastiness and the threats to those small things seem to be not just excluded, but ignored. Possibly however he feels them to be sad and nostalgic as much as I do.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robert Reinhard

    I think I read an interview with this poet where he said he thinks this might be his best or favorite of his poetry books. That's a great gloss on this beautiful collection published only recently in a long career; his joy and wonder keep growing as do these poems in the tradition of the major Irish poets and writers. I think I read an interview with this poet where he said he thinks this might be his best or favorite of his poetry books. That's a great gloss on this beautiful collection published only recently in a long career; his joy and wonder keep growing as do these poems in the tradition of the major Irish poets and writers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    T P Kennedy

    An elegant collection. His ability to edit and pare his work right back is very evident here. Some of the shorter poems are almost haikus. This is a very personal collection. It almost feels like an intrusion to read some of the poems written to honour the dead. Still I loved the Heaney tribute!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael Arnold

    Image The last day of the year Greylag geese are flying In regular formation Along the shoreline, sky shapes, An image of poetry

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rosamund

    Delicate poems with an appearance of simplicity, rooted in landscape and personal connections.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen Evennett

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike Fox

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adam

  11. 4 out of 5

    Røbert

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alan

  13. 4 out of 5

    David

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael Ridgway

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ned Gill

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura Williams

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steffi

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kirat Pawar

  20. 5 out of 5

    James Minifie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary-Ellen Lynn

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Cowley

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jude Alford

  25. 5 out of 5

    J D

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paul "Axl" Hurman

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andy N

  28. 5 out of 5

    Max Alletzhauser

  29. 4 out of 5

    Josey

  30. 5 out of 5

    Beth Hall

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