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An Evening With Micheal O'Siadhail: The Five Quintets Poetry Reading

https://youtu.be/GcY0QBixUyc

CR

On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 11:44 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thanks, Rick. Quite an event.
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> The Five Quintets - Micheal O'Siadhail - Google Books
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> https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Five_Quintets.html?id=1cDPtgEACAAJ
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> CR
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> On Sat, Mar 2, 2019 at 1:29 PM Richard Seddon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> Thanks
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>> Sent from my iPad
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>> > On Mar 2, 2019, at 10:20 AM, Rick Parker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> > https://www.firstthings.com/article/2019/03/an-irish-dante
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>> > "A book-length poem modeled after Dante’s Divine Comedy and T. S.
>> Eliot’s The Four Quartets is an ambitious project"
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>> > The Five Quintets
>> > by Micheal O’Siadhail
>> > Baylor, 381 pages, $34.95
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>> > Sartre famously wrote that “hell is other people,” but for the poet
>> Micheal O’Siadhail, hell is a highly specific group of other people. Among
>> the damned are Franz Kafka, Karl Marx, and—you guessed it—a certain
>> existentialist Frenchman, all of whom are punished for their role in
>> launching modernity. But this hellscape is part of a larger project for
>> O’Siadhail, a means of puzzling over the question, “How do we describe the
>> contemporary world?” His answer is The Five Quintets, a poem spanning 400
>> years of intellectual history. Mirroring Dante’s The Divine Comedy,
>> O’Siadhail presents readers with a summation of the modern period, a Who’s
>> Who in verse of the ways and whys that led to our particular moment in
>> history.
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