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Weather Permitting

Dennis O'Driscoll

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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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(Pub. Nov 1999)
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    Towards a Cesare Pavese Title

    (Verrà la Morte e Avrà i Tuoi Occhi)

    Death will come and it will wear your eyes.

    Death demands the handover of your eyes.

    Death eyes you, stares you in the face.

    Then death assumes the running of your eyes.

    Death powders cheeks, shadows eyes.

    Death would take the eyes out of your head.

    Death will seize your assets, cut off your eye supply.

    Death lashes out at your defenceless eyes.

    You are up to your eyes in death.

    Death takes after you, eyes the image of yours.

    You would recognise death with your eyes shut.

    Death will give you dagger glances, evil eyes.

    Death makes eye contact at last.

    Death will come and it will steal your looks.

    Dennis O’Driscoll’s fifth collection contains poems in which his cool and unflinching vision lends a pungent originality to his treatment of love and death as well as to subjects as diverse – and improbable – as economic boom, business travel and Alzheimer’s disease. By contrast, the book also contains more lyrical and personal poems, including the tender and evocative childhood sequence with which the collection ends. Weather Permitting follows O’Driscoll’s widely praised Quality Time (1997) which contained his celebrated long poem, ‘The Bottom Line’, described by Alan Brownjohn in The Sunday Times as ‘devastatingly accurate, and scary’.

    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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