Ciaran Carson (Born 1948).
When I started doing this podcast, I knew there were some poets I had to read, and Carson was one of them. But what to read? And then how to read it. His characteristic long lined poems which mimic speaking voices are superb, but whenever I tried to read them I could hear myself drifting into a faked Belfast accent which made me sound exactly like someone trying to do a Belfast accent and failing.
So here are five of the 77 sonnets in the playful, lunatic, inventive 'Twelfth of Never'.
The Horse’s Mouth
Acutely sensitive listeners will realise these sonnets are written in Alexandrines, not Iambic pentameter.