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Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Irish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (544 pages)
(Pub. Aug 2017)
In this career-defining book, the poems of Dennis O’Driscoll are gathered together for the first time. Beginning with Kist in 1982 and ending with the posthumous Update in 2014, the selection was made by O’Driscoll himself before his death in 2012 and includes revised, authoritative versions of some older poems as well as thirtythree hitherto uncollected: the definitive poetic ouevre.
Cover image: Martin Gale, Stranger Here (oil on canvas, 2015). Courtesy of the artist.
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)
'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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