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Long Story Short
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (88 pages)
(Pub. May 1993)
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Dennis O’Driscoll’s third collection contains some of his most accomplished work to date, written with his characteristic blend of poignancy and dry wit. The book is notable for its engagement with contemporary life in both its benign and brutal aspects. Whether evoking the victims of Ulster violence or mapping the rituals of everyday existence, Long Story Short confirms that Dennis O’Driscoll ‘possesses one of the neatest, most original and nimblest ways with words in Irish verse today’ (Derek Stanford, Books Ireland).
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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