Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being

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März 2012



A collection of poems that contemplates the fall of the Celtic Tiger, while railing against bankers and 'bonus boys'. It includes poems of love lost and won, and poems in memory of friends and relatives who have passed on.


Paul Durcan is one of Ireland's foremost poets. He was born in Dublin in 1944. His first book, Endsville (1967), has been followed by more than twenty others, including The Berlin Wall Cafe (a Poetry Book Society Choice in 1985), Daddy, Daddy (winner of the Whitbread Award for Poetry in 1990), A Snail in My Prime: New and Selected Poems (1993), Cries of an Irish Caveman: New Poems (2001), The Art of Life (2004) and The Laughter of Mothers (2008). In 2009 he published a selection of his work from the previous forty years in one volume, Life is a Dream. In 2001 Paul Durcan received a Cholmondeley Award. He was the Ireland Professor of Poetry 2004-2007. In 2009 he was conferred with an honorary degree by Trinity College, Dublin. He is a member of Aosdana.


"A book filled with contemporary life, but the poems also have a way of evoking enduring human values, in all their odd tones and surprising textures, as much as the contemporary moment" -- Colm Toibin Guardian Books of the Year "Whatever the subject, venue or city, and no matter how bitter the moment, Durcan has wit, charm and spark. Poetry is his - and our - rescuer... These poems are a pleasure to read" Observer "A poetry of encounter, of sidelong glances and exuberant strangeness. There will be many pleasures here for Durcan fans and aficionados" -- Paul Perry Irish Times "Superbly composed, uneasy, desperately witty and often startling. At his best, which he often surpasses in this book, he produces what blue, green and red make when mixed: a pure white light, the noble glow of true praise. In contemporary literature, and not just Irish poetry, Durcan is flying high. Noble may yet become Nobel" -- Brian Lynch Irish Independent "One of the few genuinely popular poets of recent decades, a vital presence in Irish culture...entertaining, edgy, and with enough ironic self-awareness to make from such quirky subjects more than superficial reflections on his life and times. Durcan is the recording angel who preserves what could be lost, who brings tidings of change in some of the darker moments of history" Guardian
EAN: 9781846556272
ISBN: 1846556279
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Vintage Publishing
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2012
Seitenanzahl: 176 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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