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New and Selected Poems [Paperback]

Dennis O'Driscoll
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31 Oct 2004
Dennis O'Driscoll is among the finest and most popular poets of his generation. "New and Selected Poems" shows him to be a poet of humanity and wit whose observant, rhythmically supple poetry is attuned to the tragedies and comedies of contemporary life. One of the book's highlights is The Bottom Line, a multi-voiced and multifaceted portrait of business managers and bureaucrats. Closing with a generous selection of previously unpublished work, "New and Selected Poems" - which follows Dennis O'Driscoll's acclaimed "Exemplary Damages", chosen as a Book of the Year by Seamus Heaney in 2002 - makes for a compelling collection, wide in its appeal and yet imbued with a distinctive and often startling world-view.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry (31 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856463736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856463730
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...it is as a poet of European temperament, and stature, that O'Driscoll demands to be judged.'George Szirtes, The Guardian

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Born in Thurles, County Tipperary in 1954, Dennis O'Driscoll has published six collections of poetry and a selection of his essays and reviews, `Troubled Thoughts, Majestic Dreams' (Gallery Press). He received a Lannan Literary Award in 1999, the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2005 and the O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry in 2006. A civil servant since the age of 16, he works for Irish Customs in Dublin.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell to a poet. 14 Feb 2013
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This edition of Denis O Driscoll's poetry has all my favourites.
It is very sad that this brilliant poet has died so young.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocations of every day experiences 19 May 2014
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This is a collection that can be picked up at any time and in any mood, and the pages will reveal poems that one can immediately relate to. Cross-country train journeys always evoke the lines of 'Roads Not Taken.'

It is very sad that such a fertile mind and wonderful imagination is now lost to us, but the Poet has left a splendid body of work that must surely continue to be greatly respected and enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contains One of the Classics 16 April 2010
By James J. Paul - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. O'Driscoll's poem "Vigil" will become recognized as one of the great poems of the modern age, in any literature. All hail a true Irish "bard"!
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure 21 Mar 2013
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What a treasure, to read of this man's work. He is beloved in his native Ireland and now has traveled across the ocean.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dennis has as his mentor Heaney but I think it could have been the other way around he is that good. 21 July 2014
By James E. O'Leary - Published on Amazon.com
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"Missing God" is about the most haunting poem I have ever pondered. Dennis has as his mentor Heaney but I think it could have been the other way around he is that good.
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