Pastorals, Peter McDonald's third collection, is his first full-length book of poems in eight years.
At its heart are poems that approach places, times, and states of mind 'part history and part escape'; here, past and present can answer to one another as elements in a contemporary mosaic of knowledge and invention, memory and entertainment.
McDonald sees in these situations a modern pastoral.
The personal and the public interact in many of these poems; others address personal histories and their creative consequences, alongside religious and mythological motifs.
Subtle, compelling, and memorable, McDonald's poems combine a tenderness and gravity of thought with a sharpness of observation which gives the wide canvass of Pastorals its distinctive power.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 96 pages
- Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 31/08/2004
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781857547528