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The Clock Flower

Adrian Rice

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"...Along with the poetry comes a growing awareness of the 'independent airs' of radical Belfast, of the great dissenting tradition of the past, of an integrationist stance. Birds flying in and out of The Clock Flower poems- blackbirds, sparrows, hawks, jays-put us in mind of John Hewitt's lines about staking his future on 'birds flying in and out of the schoolroom window.' Hewitt, and beyond him the nineteenth-century Dr. William Drennan (subject of Rice's MPhil thesis), are exemplars for this poet. But Rice's voice is distinctively his own: forthright, colloquial, wry and persuasive." -Patricia Craig, Times Literary Supplement.


Praise For The Clock Flower

"Adrian Rice has a nice sense of what he is up to as a poet: I like and admire the way his district and his diction are so artfully tongue-in-cheek and hand-in-glove."

- Seamus Heaney, recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature



"Adrian Rice's Hickory Haiku is a bridge built from seventeen carefully chosen boards at a time, a span across cultures that glistens with astute sparks of detail and overheard colloquial markers. Ultimately, its satisfaction comes from its rhythm, poems like Chinese boxes that reveal their mystery one soft syllable inside the other, locking several unique sensibilities into a singular literary experience."

- Keith Flynn, editor of The Asheville Poetry Review and author of Colony Collapse Disorder



"Birds flying in and out of The Clock Flower - blackbirds, sparrows, hawks, jays - put us in mind of John Hewitt's lines about staking his future on 'birds flying in and out of the schoolroom window.' Hewitt, and beyond him the nineteenth-century Dr. William Drennan, are exemplars for this poet. But Rice's voice is distinctively his own: forthright, colloquial, wry and persuasive."

- Patricia Craig, Times Literary Supplement



"Adrian Rice's new volume, The Clock Flower, ranges from the lovely opening sequence and his native ground of Northern Ireland in ‘The Moongate Sonnets’ to his chosen ground of North Carolina in the section, ‘Hickory Station’, and concludes with the grimly hilarious poems that lament sectarianism back in the North through the sequence ‘Eleventh Night’. Throughout, what impresses are the ways in which Rice adroitly wrings heartfelt emotions out of carefully constructed forms, demonstrating his deep commitment to the marriage of form and content. Rice draws on a variety of colloquial sources from the autobiographical and ribald in poems such as ‘Sniper’ and ‘Tour of Fire’, along with the learned and refined in poems like ‘Verruca’ that compare a Belfast tramp to Beckett's archetypal homeless characters. The Clock Flower demonstrates poetry's ability to be breaking news, as Rice's carefully tuned cultural antennae enable him to speak to what is past, passing, and yet to come in our fluid world."



- Richard Rankin Russell, 2012 Centennial Professor of English, Baylor University, and author of Poetry and Peace: Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland, University of Notre Dame Press

Press 53, 9781935708995, 136pp.

Publication Date: November 13, 2013