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Our life is a box ; Prayers without a god

Author: M T C Cronin
Publisher: Brisbane [Qld.] : Soi 3 Modern Poets, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English
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Our Life is a Box. and Prayers Without a God were written very quickly; the first over several weeks, and the latter, over several days. "The two books are the same book in rearranged language," says Cronin. "Our Life is a Box. is autobiographical, but it is an autobiography of the poem - or at least of my poem, my poetic. It could also be described as a poetry novella, but not a novel in the sense that such a thing  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M T C Cronin
ISBN: 9780957941144 0957941145
OCLC Number: 188897261
Description: 156 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Prayers without a God
Responsibility: MTC Cronin.

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Our Life is a Box. and Prayers Without a God were written very quickly; the first over several weeks, and the latter, over several days. "The two books are the same book in rearranged language," says Cronin. "Our Life is a Box. is autobiographical, but it is an autobiography of the poem - or at least of my poem, my poetic. It could also be described as a poetry novella, but not a novel in the sense that such a thing is normally understood. It is not a 'novel in poetry' but the 'poem's story' - and it is a story that is forensic in nature. Its 'forum' is both family and faux-family - blood, relationship, social systems; what is inherited, adopted, created. In this generational tale, what is begot is the poem. Born of dissension between ego and spirit, ritual and reality, culture and self. And, of course, the poem is not an arrival at a point of harmony, but a struggle through play along the way of this particular life. 'Prayers without a god' is one description, for me, of what poems are. The book, Prayers Without a God, is a praise of what is not beyond us. It is a hymn sung of what is with us, what we are with. This is a recognition that poems help to create our selves as what we might be. That they are 'without' a god is because they are representational of what we have not reached."

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