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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (64 pages)
(Pub. Oct 2014)
The rocks are determined
reckon on, and have no
Stoically, they hold their nerve,
Intent on making the best
They will be dust long enough.
Hard though I know
I too faced heartaches, disappointments,
on my skin, brooded on the big
to conceive that I was truly
That my birth would not make
the surges of unbounded joy
After the completion of Dear Life, his highly praised ninth collection of poems, Dennis O’Driscoll kept his finished poems in a computer file called ‘Newest Poems’, subtitled ‘Since completion of Dear Life’ and ‘April 2011–’. This book reproduces its complete contents. The title we have given it, from an outstanding poem, signifies one important aspect of the collection: that it forms a substantial update to the body of his published work.
Despite the collection’s provisional and unfinished nature (since the poet surely hoped to add to it and prepare it for publication), the 33 poems are ones which his many readers will want to have. Darker even than much of Dear Life, they are full of his inimitable humour, his searching eye, his characteristic wit and wisdom.
Awards won by Dennis O'Driscoll Short-listed, 2001 Irish Times Literary Prize,Irish Poetry (Weather Permitting) Winner, 2013 Irish Times Literary Prize,Irish Poetry (Dear Life) Winner, 2013 Irish Times Literary Prize,Irish Poetry (Dear Life)
Praise for Dennis O'Driscoll 'Carcanet has done a great job in collating work from his various collections with some revised and new poems... O'Driscoll's work should be read and re-read, as a sort of 'life' of a poet and scholar who worked outside academe and literary theory, deep in the bowels of the everyday, where flesh-and-blood experiences strive to make their own poetry.'
John Wakeman, Books Ireland
''To rinse the world in rose water before you write is to bear false witness''. This is the challenge that O'Driscoll took on board - to face the workaday world we might have thought we'd risen above. He, and his discerning overview, are much missed. His Collected Poems are welcomed.'
Dundee University Review of the Arts
'His voice is one of the most distinctive of his generation.'
John McAuliffe, The Irish Times
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