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Dear Life (2e)

Dennis O'Driscoll

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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback 2e (120 pages)
(Pub. Apr 2014)
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    from Dear Life

    Life gives
                      us something
    to live for:
                      we will do
    whatever it takes
                      to make it last.
    Kill in just wars
                      for its survival.
    Wolf fast-food
                      during half-time breaks.
    Wash down
                      chemical cocktails,
    as prescribed.
                      Soak up
    hospital radiation.
                      Prey on kidneys
    at roadside pile-ups.
                      Take heart
    from anything
                      that might
    conceivably grant it
                      a new lease.
    We would give
                      a right hand
    to prolong it.
                      Cannot imagine
    living without it.

    Dear Life was Dennis O’Driscoll’s ninth book of poetry. Like his earlier work, it engages with contemporary issues – the internet era, the compensation culture, global warming – as well as providing fresh perspectives on the timeless topics of working and ageing, loving and dying, God and Mammon. Several startling poems give voice to twenty-first century Western attitudes towards religious belief. With its wry, double-edged title, the title sequence ‘Dear Life’ attempts nothing less than an exploration of the nature and purpose of human life.

    This second edition includes a foreword by Seamus Heaney in which he pays tribute to the many sides of Dennis O'Driscoll – poet, critic, essayist, anthologist and nurturer of talent – and discusses the special qualities of Dear Life.

    Dennis O’Driscoll (1954–2012) was born in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Apart from nine collections of poetry, books published during his lifetime included a selection of essays and reviews, Troubled Thoughts, Majestic Dreams (2001), two collections of literary quotations and Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney (2008). Among his awards were a Lannan ... read more
    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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