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 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; met Eleanor Walsh (A
Lady of Quality and The Familiar), and visited
her in hospitalised for a year with TB of the throat; m. 1955; introduced
to Liam Miller by Capt. Henry Neville Roberts and published 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); 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; 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;
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; Prose Occasion 1951-2006
(2009) was edited by Andrew Fitzsimons; there is a documentary on
Kinsella made by Seán Ó Mordha, assisted by Seán
Ó Coileain and with an appearance from Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill;
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, Eieann Ni Chulanain, and others - at which
he himself read from Belief and Unbelief. DIW DIL FDA
See Kinsella's Poetry Ireland reading on YouTube
- The Starlit Eye (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1952);
- 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
- Nightwalker and Other Poems (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1968)
- Tear (Cambridge UP 1969);
- Notes from the Land of the Dead and Other Poems (Dublin:
Cuala Press 1972; NY: Knopf 1973);
- New Poems, 1973 (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1973), 69pp.;
- Selected Poems 1956-1968 (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1973),
110pp., Do. (London & NY: OUP 1974) [var. Poems
- 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
- Collected Poems (Oxford: OUP 1996), 335pp.
- A Dublin Documentary (Dublin: OBrien Press 2006),
111pp. [new poems & memorabilia, incorp. some from New
- 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
- 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.
|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
- Vertical Man: A Sequel to A Selected Life [Peppercanister
3] (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1973), [14pp.; 350 in wrappers; 100 signed
- 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
- Her Vertical Smile [Peppercanister 10] (Dublin: Peppercanister
1985), 23pp. [three bindings: paper, buckram of which 50 copies,
- 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.
|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
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;
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),
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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];
- 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;
- 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
- Poems 1956-2006 (Claddagh Records 2007), 2 CDs.
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),
- 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),
- 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),
- 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),
- 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
- Arthur McGuinness, Fragments of Identity: Thomas Kinsellas
Modernist Imperative, Colby Quarterly, 23, 4 (1987),
- 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)
- Donatella Abbate Badin, Thomas Kinsella (NY: Twayne
- Catríona Clutterbuck, guest ed., Irish University
Review [Thomas Kinsella Special Issue], Vol. 31, No.
1 (Spring/Summer 2001) [see contents].
- Seamus Heaney, Thomas Kinsella, in Finders Keepers:
Selected Prose 1971-2001 (London: Faber & Faber 2002),
- Maurice Harmon, Jousting with Evil, in The Yearbook
in Enlgish 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, Thomas Kinsella: Eliciting Order from
Experience, in The Irish Times (13 Jan. 2016) [as
- Adrienne Leavy, interview with Thomas Kinsella, in Reading
Ireland (Winter 2019).
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).
images of Kinsella
- 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].
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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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