Published on October 18th, 2010 | by Sinead Keogh13
Competition Closed: Soundings
**Competition closed, congratulations to Emer.**
If you were in secondary school in the ’80s or ’90s then you probably had a copy of Soundings. It was the go-to poetry anthology for Leaving Cert for over two decades and I’m told it holds many happy memories for many a grown up.(I don’t mean to kick you in the stomach or anything, but I’m too young to know, Leaving Cert ’04 REPRESENT! :p).
Luckily, it’s got more than its nostalgia factor going for it. When the good folk at Gill & MacMillan sent us a review copy there was plenty to be delighted by on browsing through the poems as a Soundings first-timer. From Monaghan’s own Patrick Kavanagh (“the bicycles go by in twos and threes, there’s a dance in Billy Brennan’s barn tonight” – Patrick Kavanagh. “Nobody on them, just these feckin’ bicycles!” – Tommy Tiernan) to Eliot, Yeats, Thomas Kinsella and John Donne there’s a collection of memorable lines and new discoveries between the covers that will impress any poetry lover.
If you’d like a copy of Soundings for your very own then read on. It’s the review copy so it’s been well-thumbed…but you can just say we ‘authenticated’ it for you and made it even more like the dog-eared original (tis far from brand new school books you were reared). To get your hands on it just leave us a comment telling us the name of one of your favourite poems (or a quote, we’re not fussy) and we’ll pick a winner at random next Monday (25th). And if you’re wondering, yes, the competition question is just a shameless bid to find new poems to read.
Remember, if you’re not lucky enough to win, you can grab a copy in the shops or from @gillandmac themselves.