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Encyclopedia > Brian Carey

Brian Carey is an Irish poet, writer and lyricist. Born in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Carey has a wide variety of poems, many of which however remain unpublished. He won second prize in the TI Patrick Kavanagh Contest 2005 for his poem ‘The Poppy Field’. The poem was subsequently published by the Tipperary Institute and was studied in some Irish schools for the Leaving Certificate English course after 2005. Clonmel (Cluain Meala in Irish) is a medium-sized town situated in south County Tipperary, Ireland. ... Tipperary (Irish: Tiobraid Árann) is a town in the south-west of County Tipperary, Ireland. ... The Leaving Certificate Examination (commonly referred to as the Leaving Cert) is the final examination in the Irish secondary school system. ...



Carey’s most famous and well-received poem to date is ‘The Poppy Fields’, which dealt with the expansion of commercial property into a play area in Clonmel he knew as a child. Before this however, he had written an extensive range of poetry, dealing with issues such as love, religion and identity. Most have remained professionally unpublished, however are available on weblogs. As of 2006, Carey is in a gradual state of having the poems published.

In January 2006, another of Carey’s poems, ‘The Lily’, was published in a leading Irish newspaper, the Evening Echo, again being well-received. Carey himself has remained secretive as to the poem’s meaning, though it is generally perceived to be a metaphor for the renewal of an old hobby, a friendship or a relationship. According to Carey himself, the poem is about a lily.


Since 2003, Carey has been working on an unnamed fantasy novel, intended to being a series of fantasy books. As of 2006, this work is still in progress. Besides this, Carey has not written many other novels or stories, instead focusing primarily on poetry.


Carey has written songs which were used by his one-time band, Playing God. The most notable of these songs was itself entitled ‘Playing God’, which offered a take on how the major religions of the world would be perceived if they were only introduced in today’s secular, cynical society. A good example of this theme in the song is evident in the lines Playing God often refers to someone taking on the role of God for their own purposes. ...

“If Buddha sold nirvana, from the sunny skies above / Would he make a million, or get sued by Courtney Love?”


Carey has had many influences in his writings. His style is influenced by many artists, poets and novelists ranging from Billy Corgan to Anne Rice to Patrick Kavanagh. His fantasy books are inspired by prominent fantasy writers such as Robert Jordan and Terry Pratchett. Billy Corgan William Patrick Corgan, Jr. ... Anne Rice Anne Rice (born October 4, 1941) is a best-selling American author of horror/fantasy books. ... Patrick Kavanagh (21 October 1904 - 30 November 1967) was an Irish poet. ... Robert Jordan is the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr. ...



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