Thomas Kinsella (1928-2021)
1928- ; b. 4 May, Dublin, to a working-class family traditionally employed at Guinness Brewery, Dublin [fam. Guinnesss], descended from a family (Kinsellas or Kinchellas) of Co. Wicklow (Tullow, Coolatin, Tinahely and Farnese) and the Casserlys of Co. Westmeath (his mothers people); grew up in the North Central Dublin of Inchicore, Kilmainham and Thomas St.; ed. Model School, Inchicore, and afterwards the OConnell Schools (Christian Brothers); abandoned a Science Scholarship at UCD and entered Civil Service, 1946, reaching post of Asst. Principal officer in Dept. of Finance before retiring in 1965 [19 yrs service]; completed Arts degree at UCD through night-classes; his first poems published in the National Student while at UCD; met Eleanor Walsh of Enniscorthy, then working at UCD [in the basement] during 1952; her in hospitalised for a year with TB of the throat; m. 1955, with children Sara [O’Malley], John and Mary; introduced to Liam Miller by Capt. Henry Neville Roberts and published The Starlit Eye (1952) with his Dolmen Press and later Poems (1956); issued Another September (1958), winner Guinness Poetry award and choice of Poetry Book Society; issued Moralities (1960); winner of Irish Arts Council Triennial Book Award, 1961;
issued Downstream (1962), concerning a walk to Durrow, of Book of Durrow fame (arching the darkness for a landing place); winner of Arts Council Award for American edition of poems and translations, 1962; Eleanor Kinsella successfully treated for myasthenia gravis, though with serious speech impairment, Chicago, 1962; Kinsella first travelled to America with six-month fellowship from Bórd Scoldireachtai Cómalairte, 1963; embarked on main translation of Táin Bó Cuailnge; received Denis Devlin Memorial Award, 1965; elected MIAL, 1965; retired from Dept. of Finance and Civil Service; appt. poet-in-residence, Carbondale, S. Illinois, 1965 [1965-69], where he finished his trans. of the Táin, taking the Yellow Book of Lecan as his basic source [things became crystallised and distinct .. all the labour]; wrote Poetry Since Yeats (1965); presented a paper on The Irish Mind to MLA (NY, Dec. 1966); issued Wormwood (1966); issued Nightwalker and Other Poems (1968) - received Guggenheim fellowship in 1968-69; issued The Táin (1969), ill. by Louis le Brocquy; appt. Professor of English, Temple College [err. University], Philadelphia, 1970;
acted as director of Dolmen and Cuala presses for Liam Miller and afterwards fnd. Peppercanister to publish his own verse, 1972; issued Butchers Dozen (1972), being the first volume of the privately-printed Peppercannister series and written in response to the Bloody Sunday atrocity perpetrated by British paratroopers in Derry on 30 Jan. 1972 (and condoned by Widgery hearing), with a reading of the same at the Clonard Monastery, in the Ardoyne, Belfast; awarded Guggenheim Fellowship, 1971-72; pub. The Divided Mind (1973), in which he characterises the examples of Yeats and Joyce as the major models and options for contemporary Irish writers; issued Vertical Man (1973); issued A Technical Supplement (1976), an esoterically personal collection; returned to Ireland, 1976; continued Peppercannister series with The Messenger (1978), printed with a cover based substituting a Guinness label for the papal crest on the Jesuit pious publication of the same name; followed with Song of the Psyche (1985), Her Vertical Smile (1985), and Out of Ireland (1987), a meditation on Irish identity; participated prominently in the Wood Quay protest against destruction of Viking remains in Dublin, 1979;
|issued St Catherines Clock (1987), and jointly re-issued the foregoing as as Blood and Family (OUP 1988); ed. with own translations, The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse (OUP 1986), supplying a lengthy preface; issued Collected Poems (1996); Peppercanister Press subsumed in J. F. Deanes Dedalus Press; issued The Pen Shop (1997), poetry pamph.; papers held at Emory University (Atlanta); there is a head by Louis le Brocquy in the RDS; first winner of Translation Prize of European Poetry Academy, April 2001; issued Marginal Economy (2006), viewing contemporary life through eyes of Marcus Aurelius; awarded Freedom of the City of Dublin, issued A Dublin Documentary (2007), part poetry, part memorabilia; issued Selected Poems (2007), which notably omits Butchers Dozen, became the Poetry Society Recommendation [later remarks that The Widgery report was a great insult [and] I stand over my decision to write [it]]; his Prose Occasion 1951-2006 (2009) was edited by Andrew Fitzsimons; |
received the Freedom of the City of Dublin, along with Louis le Brocquy in 2007; he received the Ulysses Medal at University Collegte, Dublin [UCD] in 2008; he was the subject of a public celebration of his life and work at the Gate Theatre, 27 July 2007 attended by the majority of his literary Irish contemporaries - who read his poetry, including Colm Toibin, Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, and others - at which he himself read from Belief and Unbelief; there is a documentary on Kinsella made by Seán Ó Mordha, assisted by Seán Ó Coileain and with an appearance from Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill; received D.Litt hon. degree from TCD, presented by Mary Robinson, Chancellor (TCD); d. 15 Dec. 2021, at Blackrock Clinic, nr. his home in Booterstown; there was an obituary by Gerald Smyth in The Irish Times. DIW DIL FDA OCIL
Watch Kinsella reading three short poems - being two prayers from Belief and Unbelief
and another unpublished - in the week of his Ulysses medal award 2007 (Poetry Ireland/RTE) at YouTube - online
|See also a short film of Kinsella with his wife Eleanor recalling their early life together (RTE - Personal Places: Arts Lives - YouTube online.
|Trade editions |
- The Starlit Eye (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1952) [pamph.];
- Three Legendary Sonnets (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1952);
- Poems (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1956);
- Another September (Dublin: Dolmen Press; Chester Springs, Penn: Dufour 1958) [Poetry Book choice]; Do., [rev. edn.] (Dublin: Dolmen Press; OUP 1962);
- Moralities (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1960);
- Poems and Translations (NY: Atheneum Press 1961);
- Downstream (Dublin: Dolmen Press; OUP 1962), 63pp.;
- Wormwood (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1966);
- The Death of a Queen (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1966);
- Nightwalker (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1967) [ltd. edn. of 1,000];
- Nightwalker and Other Poems (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1968) [86pp.];
- Tear (Cambridge UP 1969);
- Notes from the Land of the Dead and Other Poems (Dublin: Cuala Press 1972; NY: Knopf 1973);
- ‘Butcher’s Dozen: A Lesson for the Octave of Widgery (Peppercannister No. 1; 26 April 1972);
- New Poems, 1973 (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1973), 69pp.;
- Selected Poems 1956-1968 (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1973), 110pp., Do. (London & NY: OUP 1974) [var. Poems 1956-1968];
- Finistere (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1972), [ltd. edn. 250; designed by Hugh Kearns & Liam Miller];
- One and Other Poems (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1979) [being Peppercannister 2nd Ser.];
- Peppercanister Poems 1972-1978 (Winston-Salem NC: Wake Forest UP 1979, rep. 1986), 159pp.;
- Poems 1956-73 (Dublin: Dolmen Press; Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest UP 1979);
- One Fond Embrace (Dublin: Deerfield Press; Gallery Press 1981) [afterwards as Peppercanister 13, 1988]
- Blood and Family (Oxford & London: OUP 1988) [four Peppercanister pamphs.]
- Collected Poems (Oxford: OUP 1996), 335pp.
- A Dublin Documentary (Dublin: OBrien Press 2006), 111pp. [new poems & memorabilia, incorp. some from New Poems 1973].
- Selected Poems (Manchester: Carcanet Press 2007), 194pp.
- trans. The Breastplate of St Patrick (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1954), and Do. [another edn.] as Faeth Giadha: The Breastplate of St Patrick (1957), ill. Garrit van Gelderen;
- trans., The Exile of the Sons of Usnech (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1954);
- trans., Thirty Triads, translated from the XII Century Irish (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1955);
Translations include in Gregory A. Schirmer, ed., After the Irish: An Anthology of Poetic Translation (Cork UP 2009), 500pp.
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|Poetry pamphlets (Peppercanister series) |
- Butchers Dozen: A Lesson for the Octave of Widgery [Peppercanister 1] (Dublin: Peppercanister 1972), 8pp., and Do. [new edn.] (Dublin: Dedalus Press 1992), 22pp. [500 copies];
- A Selected Life [Peppercanister 2] (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1972), 8pp. [on Seán Ó Riada; edn. of 1,000 in green wrappers];
- Vertical Man: A Sequel to A Selected Life [Peppercanister 3] (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1973), [14pp.; 350 in wrappers; 100 signed specially bound];
- The Good Fight: A Poem for the Tenth Anniversary of the Death of John F. Kennedy [Peppercanister 4] (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1973), 23pp. [signed & ltd. to 125 copies];
- One [Peppercanister 5] (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1974), 28pp., ill. [drawing by Anne Yeats; ltd. edn. 750];
- A Technical Supplement [Peppercanister 6] (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1976), [46pp.]
- Song of the Night and Other Poems [Peppercanister 7] (DublinDolmen Press 1978), 19pp. [ltd. edn. of 300; library edn. of 50 in slip case on handmade paper, full bound in Basil; additional poem in authors MS];
- The Messenger [Peppercanister 8] (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1978), 25pp. [ltd. edn. 640 copies];
- Songs of the Psyche [Peppercanister 9] (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1985), 46pp.; [350 copies in wrappers and 50 signed leather-bound copies];
- Her Vertical Smile [Peppercanister 10] (Dublin: Peppercanister 1985), 23pp. [three bindings: paper, buckram of which 50 copies, and leather];
- Out of Ireland: A Metaphysical Love Sequence [Peppercanister 11] (Dublin: Peppercanister 1987), 31pp.;
- St Catherines Clock [Peppercanister 12] (Dublin: Peppercanister 1987), 27pp. [ltd. edn. of 350];
- One Fond Embrace [Peppercanister 13] (Dublin: Dedalus Press 1988), 21pp. [200 hb.; 500 in paper wrappers];
- Personal Places [Peppercanister 14] (Dublin: Dedalus Press 1990), 24pp.;
- Poems from Centre City [Peppercanister 15] (Dublin: Peppercanister 1991), 24pp. [Do., OUP 1994, 69pp.];
- Madonna and Other Poems [Peppercanister 16] (Dublin: Peppercanister 1991), 24pp. [400 ltd. edn; 200 hb.]
- Open Court [Peppercanister 17] (Dublin: Dedalus Press; 1991), 17pp. [ltd. edn. of 200 hb; 400 pb.]
- The Dual Tradition: An Essay on Poetry and Politics in Ireland [Peppercanister, No. 18] (Manchester: Carcanet 1995), vii, 129pp.
- The Pen Shop [Peppercanister 19] (Dublin: Dedalus Press; Manchester: Carcanet Press 1997), 15pp.;
- The Familiar [Peppercanister 20] (Dublin: Dedalus Press; Manchester: Carcanet 1999), [24pp.];
- Godhead [Peppercanister 21] (Dublin: Dedalus Press; Manchester: Carcanet 1999), [24pp.];
- Citizen of the World [Peppercanister 22] (Dublin: Dedalus Press; Manchester: Carcanet 2000), 28, pp.;
- Littlebody [Peppercanister 23] (Dublin: Dedalus Press; Manchester: Carcarnet Press 2000), 27pp. [incls. Breakdown, Shop Shut, Glenmacnass, et al.];
- Marginal Economy [Peppercanister 24] (Dublin: Dedalus Press; Manchester: Carcanet; USA: Dufour 2006), 34pp.;
- Readings in Poetry [Peppercanister 25] (Dublin: Dedalus Press; Manchester: Carcanet; USA: Dufour 2006), 49pp. [on Shakespeare, Sonnets 29 & 30, W. B. Yeats, The Tower, and T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock];
- Man of War [Peppercanister, 26] (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2007), 30pp. [ltd. edn. of 500];
- Belief and Unbelief [Peppercanister, 27] (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2007), 24pp.
|Nightwalker (Dolmen 1967)
||New Poems (Dolmen 1973)
||The Tain (Dolmen/Oxford 1969)
||Peppercannister Ser., No. 1
||Peppercannister Ser., No. 2
||Peppercannister Ser., No. 20
|Peppercanister - per series |
FIRST SERIES: Butchers Dozen (Dublin: Peppercanister 1972); Vertical Man (Dublin: Peppercanister 1973); The Good Fight (Dublin: Peppercanister 1973) [all jointly issued as Fifteen Dead (Dolmen 1979)].
SECOND SERIES: One (Dublin: Peppercanister 1974); A Technical Supplement (Dublin: Peppercanister 1976); Song of the Night and Other Poems (Dublin: Peppercanister 1978) [all jointly issued as One, and Other Poems (Dolmen 1979)].
THIRD SER.: The Messenger (Dublin: Peppercanister 1978); Song of the Psyche (Dublin: Peppercanister 1985); Her Vertical Smile (Dublin: Peppercanister 1985); Out of Ireland: A Metaphysical Love Sequence (Dublin: Peppercanister 1987); St Catherines Clock (Dublin: Peppercanister 1987) [issued jointly as Blood and Family (OUP 1988; ISBN 0-19-282182-2)]; [...,] Belief and Unbelief [Peppercannister No.27; Dedalus Press 2007), 24pp.
See also Peppercanister Poems 1972-1978 (Winston-Salem NC: Wake Forest UP 1979, rep. 1986), 159pp.
Note: The Peppercannister series has been issued by Dedalus Press since 1988, while retaining the Peppercanister imprint with Dedalus variously cited as publisher and distributor.
- The Irish Writer, in Eire-Ireland, 2, 2 (Summer 1967), rep. in W. B. Yeats & Thomas Kinsella, Davis, Mangan, Ferguson?: Tradition and the Irish Writer (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1970), 72pp.;
- Catalogue note on Louis le Brocquy in Brian ODoherty, The Irish Imagination 1959-1971 [Rosc Exhib. Cat.] (1971);
- The Divided Mind (1973), first published in Irish Poets in English, ed. Seán Lucy (Mercier 1973), pp.208-18; rep. in Poetry and Ireland since 1800, A Source Book, ed. Mark Storey (1988), pp.207-216; rep. in David Pierce, ed., Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century: A Reader (Cork UP 2000), pp.810-14.
- The Poetic Career of Austin Clarke in Irish University Review, 4, 1 [Austin Clarke Issue] (Spring 1974), pp.128-36;
- Austin Clarke, in Dictionary of Irish Literature, Robert Hogan (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1979), pp.156-61;
- An Anecdote and Some Reflections, in Genres of the Irish Literary Revival, ed. Ronald Schleifer ([London:] Pilgrim Books 1980), pp.179-78;
- Preface to David Lampe & Dennis Mahoney, eds., Five Irish Poets (White Pine Press; Dedalus [?1990]);
- Poems of Samuel Beckett, in Journal of Beckett Studies, 2, 2 (1993), pp.15-18;
- Thomas Kinsella [short piece] in Krino, The State of Poetry [Special Issue], ed. Gerald Dawe & Jonathan Williams (Winter 1993), pp.30-33 [being an extract from The Dual Tradition];
- The Dual Tradition: An Essay on Poetry and Politics in Ireland [Peppercanister, No. 18] (Manchester: Carcanet 1995), vii, 129pp.
- Prose Occasions 1951-2006, ed. Andrew Fitzsimons (Manchester: Carcanet Press 2009), 235pp.
- trans., The Sons of Usnech (Dublin: Dolmen Press [Nov.] 1954), and Do. (Dolmen Press [March] 1960), ill. Bridget Swinton;
- ed., with John Montague, Dolmen Miscellany of Irish Writing (Dublin: Dolmen 1962);
- trans., The Táin [Dolmen Edns. No. IX] (Dublin: Dolmen 1969), ill. Louis le Brocquy; and Do., re-issued in smaller format as The Tain (London & NY: OUP 1970) [infra];
- trans., An Duanaire: Poems of the Dispossessed 1600-1900, selected by Seán Ó Tuama (Dublin: Dolmen 1981; Phil: Pennsylvania UP 1981) [rep. by OUP 1985, 1990];
- ed. with numerous of his own translations, The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse (OUP 1986), 454pp.;
- contrib. to Gerald Dawe & Michael Mulreany, eds., The Ogham Stone: An Anthology of Contemporary Ireland, introduced by Brian Farrell (Dublin: IPA), 240pp.
See also his contribution to Pat Boran, ed., Watching the River Flow: A Century of Irish Poetry , updated in Flowing, Still : Irish Poets on Irish Poetry (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2009).
|The Táin [editions & related printings] |
- The Táin translated from the Irish by Thomas Kinsella; with brush drawings by Louis Le Brocquy / Dolmen Editions IX (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1969), , 294, p., 3 pls., ill. facsims., maps.
- Táin Bó Cuailnge [in association with the Dolmen Press] (London & NY: Oxford UP 1970), xxvii, 283pp., Bibliography, p.[xxiv], ill., maps (some col.) [21cm];
- Do. [another edn.] (OUP 1977, 2002), xxvii, 282pp., ill. [20cm] [pb., 20 cm];
- Do. [2nd edn.] Pennsylvania UP 1982) [details as in OUP 1977 Edn., supra];
|Related printings |
- The Great Táin: a translation by Thomas Kinsella from the Irish (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1965), 8pp. [22.7cm.]; fifty proof copies of specimen pages from The Táin, published Dublin: Dolmen Press, 1969, the text being altered in final published version and a different setting of type used; title page printed in black and blue;
- Cuchulainns boyhood deeds: from the Táin translated by Thomas Kinsella from the Irish; with drawings by Louis le Brocquy (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1968), , 16pp., ill., 29 cm [50 copies; priv. circ.];
- The Dolmen Press presents The Táin, Thomas Kinsellas translation adapted and read by the author [programme] ([Dublin]: [Peacock Theatre] ), pp., ill. [30.5cm.]; designs […] by Louis le Brocquy from the Dolmen Press edition of The Táin to be published in Dublin on 4 September 1969].
—For Translators Note & Introduction from the 1970 Edn., see Quotations, [infra].
- Poems 1956-2006 (Claddagh Records 2007), 2 CDs.
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Forthcoming; Adrienne Leavy, ed., Thomas Kinsella [Essay Collection on his Poetry] (2020) - contribs. incl. Alex Davis, Brian Caraher, Paul Gosling, Mary OMalley, Lucy Collins, Gerald Dawe, Andrew Fitzsimons, Gerard Smyth, Hugh Haughton, Tomas Dillon Redshaw and Derval Tubridy. [FB notice of 17.10.2019]
- Donald Davie, First Fruits: The Poems of Thomas Kinsella, in Irish Writing, 37 (Autumn 1957), pp.47-58.
- Hensley C. Woodbridge, Thomas Kinsella, a Bibliography , in Éire-Ireland 2, 2 (Summer 1967), pp.122-33.
- John Reese Moore, Thomas Kinsellas Nightwalker: A Phoenix in the Dark, in The Hollins Critic, V, 4 (October 1968), pp.3-6.
- Robin Skelton, ‘The Poetry of Thomas Kinsella, in Éire-Ireland, 4, 1 (Spring 1969), pp.86-108.
- Herbert V. Fackler, ‘Nineteenth-Century Sources for the Deirdre Legend, Éire-Ireland, 4, 4 (Winter 1969), pp.56-63.
- John Montague, Ulster Bull Fight, review of Tain, in The Guardian (17 Nov. 1970) [q.p.; review of Táin]
- Thomas Dillon Redshaw, ‘The Wormwood Revisions, in Éire-Ireland, 6, 2 (Summer 1971), pp.111-56.
- Maurice Harmon, The Poetry of Thomas Kinsella (Dublin: Wolfhound 1974), and Do. [sub-titled With Darkness for a Nest] (N.J.: Humanities Press 1974).
- Calvin Bedient, Notes From the Land of the Dead [rev. article], in NY Times Books Review (16 June 1974), p.7.
- Edna Longley, Searching the Darkness: The Poetry of Richard Murphy, Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, and James Simmons, in Douglas Dunn, ed., Two Decades of Irish Writing (1975), pp.118-53.
- Seamus Deane, The Appetites of Gravity: Contemporary Irish Poetry, in Sewanee Review, 84 (1976), pp.199-108.
- Hugh Kenner, Thomas Kinsella: An Anecdote and Some Reflections, in Genre, 12 (1979), 591-99.
- Dillon Johnston, A Response to Hugh Kenner: Kinsellas Magnanimity and Mean Reading, in Genre, 13, 4 (1980), pp.531-37.
- Seamus Heaney, A Tale of Two Islands: Reflections on The Irish Literary Revival, in P. J. Drury, ed., Irish Studies, I (Cambridge UP 1980), pp.1-20 [espec. 18ff.].
- Daniel OHara, An Interview with Thomas Kinsella, in Contemporary Poetry, 4, 1 (1981), pp.1-18.
- Robert F. Garratt, Fragilities and Structures: Poetic Strategy in Thomas Kinsellas NightWalker and Phoenix Park, Irish University Review, 13, 1 (1983), pp.88-102.
- Seamus Deane, Thomas Kinsella: Nursed out of Wreckage, Celtic Revivals: Essays in Modern Irish Literature 1880-1980 (London: Faber 1985), pp.135-44.
- Dillon Johnson, Irish Poetry After Joyce (Notre Dame UP; Dolmen 1985) [q.p.].
- Robert F. Garratt, Poetry at Mid-Century, I: Thomas Kinsella, in Modern Irish Poetry: Tradition and Continuity from Yeats to Heaney (California UP 1986), pp.167-97.
- Seamus Deane, A Short History of Irish Literature (Hutchinson 1986) [Contemporary Literature, 1940-80], pp.234-37.
- Ciaran Carson, Hibernian Assumptions, review of Kinsella, ed., The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse (OUP [n.d.]), in Irish Review, 1 ([1986), pp.99-102.
- Thomas Kinsella Issue, Tracks, 7 (1987) [incl. W. J. McCormack, Politics or Community, et al.].
- Arthur McGuinness, Fragments of Identity: Thomas Kinsellas Modernist Imperative, Colby Quarterly, 23, 4 (1987), pp.185-205.
- Joep Leerssen, Táin and Táin: The Mythical Past and the Anglo-Irish, in Joris Duytschaever and Geert Lernout, eds., History and Violence in Anglo-Irish Literature [Conference of 9 April 1986.
- Costerus Ser. Vol. 71] (Amsterdam: Rodopi 1988), pp.19-45.
- Geert Lernout, The Dantean Paradigm, Thomas Kinsella and Seamus Heaney, in C. C. Barfoot & Theo DHaen, eds., The Clash of Ireland, Literary Contrasts and Connections (Amsterdam: Rodopi 1989), pp.248-64.
- Carol Tattersall, Thomas Kinsellas Exploration in Notes from the Land of the Dead of His Sense of Alienation from Women, in Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 16, 2 (December 1990), pp.79-91.
- Thomas H. Jackson, The Whole Matter, Poetic Evolution of Thomas Kinsella (Dublin: Lilliput; Syracuse UP 1995), 220pp.
- Brian John, Reading the Ground: The Poetry of Thomas Kinsella (Washington: Catholic UP 1996), 275pp.
- Maurice Harmon, Move, if you move, like water: The Poetry of Thomas Kinsella, 1972-88, in Elmer Andrews, ed., Contemporary Irish Poetry: A Collection of Critical Essays (London: Macmillan 1996), pp.194-213.
- Steven Matthews, Thomas Kinsellas Poetic of Unease [chap.], in Irish Poetry: Politics, History, Negotiation: The Evolving Debate 1969-Present (Basingstoke: Macmillan 1996) [q.pp.].
- Donatella Abbate Badin, Thomas Kinsella (NY: Twayne 1996), 226pp.
- Catríona Clutterbuck, guest ed., Irish University Review [Thomas Kinsella Special Issue], Vol. 31, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2001) [see contents].
- Alex Davis, Thomas Kinsella and the Pound Legacy: His Jacket on the Cantos, in Irish University Review [Thomas Kinsella Special Iss. ; Vol. 31, No. 1] (Spring - Summer, 2001), pp.38-53 [available at JSTOR - online; accessed 05.01.2022].
- Seamus Heaney, Thomas Kinsella, in Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001 (London: Faber & Faber 2002), pp.239-45.
- Maurice Harmon, Jousting with Evil, in The Yearbook in English Studies (2005), q.pp.
- Andrew Fitzsimons, The Sea of Disappointment: Thomas Kinsellas Pursuit of the Real (UCD Press 2008), 272pp. [Assoc. Prof. Gakushuin U., Tokyo; TCD diss. 2005].
- Maurice Harmon, Thomas Kinsella: Designing for the Exact Needs (Dublin: IAP 2008), 292pp.
- Irish Studies Review, Kinsella at Eighty [Special Issue; guest ed. Derval Tubridy] 16, 3 (August 2008), -367pp. [see contents];
- Colm Tóibín, The Poetry of an Empty Space [on Thomas Kinsella], in The Irish Times (25 June 2011), Weekend, p.12 - [rep. of The Dark 16th Century, in Dublin Review, 43, Summer 2011 - see extract].
- Adrienne Leavy, An Interview with Thomas Kinsella, in New Hibernia Review/Iris Eireannach Nua (Samhradh/Summer 2011), pp.136-48; Do. [rep. From the Archives], in New Hibernia Review (Spring 2021), pp.55ff.
- Adrienne Leavy, Thomas Kinsella: Eliciting Order from Experience, in The Irish Times (13 Jan. 2016) [as attached].
See also remarks in M. L. Rosenthal & Sally M. Gall, The Modern Poetic Sequence (q.d.) - from which an extract on Hugh MacDiarmid, Thomas Kinsella and Basil Bunting is given in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry: Hardy to Mahon, ed. Michael ONeilll & Madeleine Callaghan (Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell 2011); Sean Crosson, The Given Note: Traditional Music and Modern Irish Poetry (Cambridge Scholars Publishing Jan. 2008).
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images of Kinsella online
- always noting that some of these are not our Thomas Kinsella and others are mis-captioned [accessed 28.06.2011].
Irish University Review, 31, 1 [Thomas Kinsella Special Issue, Guest Editor, Catríona Clutterbuck] (Spring/Summer 2001). CONTENTS, Catríona Clutterbuck, Introduction [vii ]; Dennis ODriscoll, His Wit: Humour and Satire in Thomas Kinsellas Poetry ; Donatella Abbate Badin, Rhyme and Rhythm and Beauty: The Abandoned Formalism of Kinsellas Early Poetry 1956-1968 ; Alex Davis, Thomas Kinsella and the Pound Legacy: His Jacket on the Cantos ; Ian Flanagan, Tissues of Order: Kinsella and the Enlightenment Ethos ; Maurice Harmon, From Basin Lane to Old Vienna: Place: Transcendence and Counterpoint in Thomas Kinsella ; Peter Denman, Significant Elements: Songs of the Psyche and Her Vertical Smile ; Thomas Kinsella, The Affair ; As an nGéibheann ; Donatella Abbate Badin, From An Interview with Thomas Kinsella ; Jefferson Holdridge, Homeward, Abandoned: The Aesthetics of Home and Family in Thomas Kinsella ; Lucy Collins, A Little of What We Have Found: Kinsella, Women, and the Problem of Meaning ; Ruth Ling, Re-familiarizing The Familiar: From Effigy to Elegy in the Recent Marriage Poems of Thomas Kinsella ; Derval Tubridy, Difficult Migrations: The Dinnseachnas of Thomas Kinsellas Later Poetry . Also Book reviews [187-209].
Irish Studies Review, 16, 3 - Kinsella at Eighty [Special Issue, guest ed. Derval Tubridy] (August 2008), -367pp. [Preliminary:] Introduction: Keep us alert / for the while remaining: Kinsella at eighty; ; Catriona Clutterbuck, Scepticism, faith and the recognition of the Patriarch-Mother in the poetry of Thomas Kinsella; ; Andrew Fitzsimons, Let the Fall begin: Thomas Kinsellas European dimension; ; Lucy Collins, Never altogether the same. But the same: strategies of revision in Thomas Kinsellas Notes from the Land of the Dead; ; Dillon Johnston, Kinsellas Dublins and the Stone Mother; ; Ian Flanagan, Hearing the American Voice: Thomas Kinsella and William Carlos Williams; ; David Wheatley, All is emptiness / and I must spin: Thomas Kinsella and the romance of decay; ; Derval Tubridy, Thomas Kinsella: A Selected Bibliography 2008; . Also, Tubridy, pencil port. of Thomas Kinsella [229; front.; poems by Floyd Skloot and David Wheatley.]
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Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day 1991), Vol. 3, selects The Irish Writer [625-29; see also under Daniel Corkery, Rx]; from Another September, Another September, Baggot Street Deserta; from Moralities, Song, Mirror in February; from Wormwood, Wormwood; from Notes from the Land of the Dead and Other Poems, Ancestor, Tear, Hen Woman, St Pauls possessed; from One and Other Poems, His Fathers Hands; from Out of Ireland, The Furnace, Entrance; BIOG, 1432; b. Dublin 1928 [no further family information], attended UCD and thereafter entered Civil Service; left position as assistant principal officer in Dept. of Finance to take up post at Southern Illinois Univ., 1965; began teaching at Temple Univ., Philadelphia, 1970; co-founder with Liam Miller of Dolmen Press; awards incl. Denis Devlin Memorial Award, Guinness Poetry Award; Irish Arts Council Triennial Book Award, and two Guggenheim Fellowships; lives in Co. Wicklow. WORKS & COMM [as supra].
Sundry anthologies, Robin Skelton, ed., Six Irish Poets (OUP 1962) incls. selection of Kinsellas poetry, with others [Austin Clarke, Richard Kell, John Montague, Richard Murphy & Richard Weber]; David Livingstone & Anne Sexton, eds., Poems (OUP 1968); Maurice Harmon, ed., Irish Poetry After Yeats: Seven Poets (Dublin: Wolfhound Press 1979); Andrew Carpenter & Peter Fallon, eds., The Writers: A Sense of Place (Dublin: OBrien Press 1980), incls. four love poems, being literal translations from the Irish (My own dark head …), with photo-port., pp.98-100. Finestere was printed in Robert ODriscoll, ed., The Celtic Consciousness (Dolmen/Canongate 1981), pp.xxvii-xxxi [with a poem by John Montague, both arising from a conference of 1979].
Patrick Crotty, ed., Modern Irish Poetry: An Anthology (Belfast: Blackstaff Press 1995), selects Chrysalides ; from Notes from the Land of the Dead: Hen Woman , Ancestor , Tear ; from One: 38 Phoenix Street , His Fathers Hands ; from Anniversaries, 1956 ; from The Messenger ; from Out of Ireland: Harmonies ; from One Fond Embrace .
Peter Ellis (Cat. 10; 2002) lists A Selected Life (Dublin: Peppercanister 1972); 6pp. [100 bound copies signed]; A Technical Supplement (Dublin: Peppercanister 1976) [550 signed copies]; Song of the Night and Other Poems (Dublin: Peppercanister 1978), 15pp. [each £95; remainder reduced to £75 in 2004.]
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Two traditions? : Kinsella wrote in his Introduction to The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse (1986) that Irish tradition is a matter of two linguistic identities (p.xxvii), and dismissed the so-called Northern Ireland Renaissance as largely a journalistic entity (p.xxx). He was also scathing about Terence Browns conception of Northern Voices conceived as a separate tradition, and spoke of the language-shift as having left a majority audience divided from the past (p.xlvii), affirming instead the essential continuity of Irish writing.
Two traditions? : Robert Greacen wrote to The Irish Times (18 Aug. 1995) defending John Hewitt against charges of bigotry laid against him by Kinsella in The Dual Tradition [see further under Greacen, infra.]
Bards all: Kinsellas poem Finestere takes Amergins chant in Leabhar Gabhála as its basis (see Paddy Bushe, A resonant tradition, some Gaelic poetry of Uíbh Ráthach, in Daniel OConnell: Political Pioneer, ed. Maurice R. OConnell, 1991, pp.86-97; p.88).
Nightwalkers: The Nightwalker is also the title of a dramatic ballad by Gerald Griffin (see Poems by Gerald Griffin Dublin: Gill 1940).
Peppercanister: Kinsella set up shop to sell the Peppercanister Poems from 47 Percy Lane. The Familiar (No. 20); Godhead (No. 21); Citizen of the World (No. 22); Littlebody (No.23.)
Academy Prize: Kinsella was the first winner of the European Poetry Academy:s triennial prize for publication of poetry in several countries, a copy of his poetry in Finnish being presented in Dublin (The Irish Times, 29 April, 2001; with photo of the poet and Mr Phillippe Jones, presenting, at Joyce Tower, Sandycove; see also under J. F. Deane.)
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