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Graham, C
2013
November
Irish University Review
'strange architecture': Ciaran Carson's Until Before After
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Ciaran Carson's Until Before After (2010), like many of Carson's recent books of poetry and prose, has an elaborate structure which does not obviously relate to the meaning and nature of the poetry in the volume. This essay suggests that it may be possible to unlock' meanings from the strange architecture' of Until Before After. Quentin Meillassoux's Le Nombre et La Sirene (2011) offers an example of a type of critical reading which pays attention to the intricacies (and numbers) of poetic form, in Meillassoux's case in a reading of Mallarme's Coup de Des. Carson's Until Before After, in its unusual page constructions, use of partial sonnets, and potential hints at numerology, along with its allusions to Biblical and philosophical texts, can be read as being built around a pyramidal, mathematical form, which in turn is appropriate to its themes of death and resurrection.
EDINBURGH
0021-1427
10.3366/iur.2013.0086
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