17 Melbourne Road
‘A room at the top of the street / preserving his life in sunlight’
1911, The Other Revolution
‘Anniversaries, of course, can be a two-edged sword: they invite historical reappraisal.’
‘What happened in 1979 has happened many times before and many times since, in places where people have set themselves free and believed with all their hearts that the freedom they had fought for was real and lasting, only to be recaptured.’
6 March 1989
‘Damn, brother. You saw what they did to my face? / Poked out my eyes. Knocked teeth out of place’.
A Bar on North Avenue
‘We regulars knew each other. We dated each other. We slept with each other.’
‘Early one August evening, when most people had already left the park, two men sat confronting one another across a chessboard.’
‘The words are just dribbling out of my mouth. I can’t stop them. They’re like tears.’
A Bizarre Courtship
‘One morning, more golden than yellow, I went outside to our housefront and saw that the beggars had gone.‘
A Bosnian Alphabet
‘APOLOGY: A should be for Alphabet: the device I am resorting to in some desperation to structure my thoughts on this subject: my relations vis-à-vis two Yugoslavian wars.‘
A Brief History of a Musical Failure
‘At the end of the piece, there was silence, followed by a sudden thunder of feet and bows on the stands. A thrilling noise.’
A Childhood in Broadmoor Hospital
‘These were the friends of my early boyhood, men who twenty years earlier would still have been called 'criminal lunatics'‘.
A Child’s Book of Death and Dying
‘A fine morning mist had rolled down over Addis Ababa from the Entoto mountains, leaving a sheen on the lawn between the apartment buildings'.
A Cloudless Sky
‘A cloudless sky and I’m back / an ice-cold sky-blue rag / for my eyes’
A Cock Fight
‘And now, the night before the fight, with the moon high and nearing the full, came the final preparation: we were taking him to Auguste.’
‘I walk out of the theatre in a daze. I’ve glimpsed something. But a glimpse, as it turns out, is not enough.’
A Conversation Piece
'No. Listen to me. God's confidence in Abraham was not total. Let me hammer out my meaning.'
A Conversation with the Head of Orpheus
'Far, far away in the night are live human beings whose breathing can be heard as they speak, and they're looking at their illuminated dials as I look at mine at this end of the darkness that curves with the night miles to the heave and swell of the ocean dawn.'
‘That night there were nine of us, all white, cooped up in a ramshackle office. The President's picture hung aslant on a bright blue wall and, beside it, were a broken guitar and a stuffed civet cat, nailed in mockery of the Crucifixion, with its tail and hindlegs together, and its forelegs splayed apart.’
A Day in the Life in El Salvador
‘I have not failed you, José. I understand that you were saying goodbye when you opened your eye, and that, besides greeting me, you were expressing your pride in me, seeing me standing with my arm around the shoulders of your granddaughter.’
A Discourse on the Elephant
‘This is not the story of my life, at least not the story of all of it, but it is the story of my father.’
A Discussion of New Irish Writing
Peggy Hughes, Sally Rooney, Lucy Caldwell and Sara Baume in discussion about Irish literature.