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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (88 pages)
(Pub. Nov 2002)
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No, I don’t want to drop over for a meal
Exemplary Damages is as fine and varied a collection as its five predecessors. It captures contemporary attitudes towards life, love and God with unfaltering accuracy in styles which range from the richly sensuous to the mercilessly mordant. Whether depicting a group of middle-aged ‘lads’ at tea break or struggling to comprehend the English spoken at an EU seminar, Dennis O’Driscoll’s skill in observation and metaphor succeeds in conveying humour and pathos with an unsentimental robustness.
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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