A Snail in My Prime
New and Selected Poems
By (author) Paul Durcan
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Snail in My Prime by Paul Durcan
Book DescriptionSince the publication of his first book in 1967, Paul Durcan has made satirical, celebratory and extraordinarily moving poetry out of his country's fortunes and misfortunes. His readings are legendary and each new collection, from his collaboration with Brain Lynch, Endsville (1967) to Daddy, Daddy (winner of the 1990 Whitbread Poetry Award), Crazy about Women (1991) and Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil (1999) has borne out the truth of Ezra Pound's dictum that "literature is news that stays news". This book contains Durcan's own selection from his work. It is a literary milestone that has set the seal on his reputation as a poet of international standing.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781860461873
(216mm x 136mm x 20mm)
Imprint: The Harvill Press
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Durcan
Berlin Wall Cafe, Paperback (May 2015)
Offers a collection of poems with satirical comedy, passion and indignation. This book also includes, poems about the break-up of a marriage so intense they would hurt if they weren't also possessed of the healing gifts of truthfulness and humour.
O Westport in the Light of Asia Minor, Paperback (May 2015)
A collection of poems, in which the author portrays his visionary power, and heart-breaking comedy that have since become his hallmark.
Cries of an Irish Caveman, Paperback (May 2015)
Through four distinct sections, the author brings his tender lyricism to bear on the themes of love and loss, life and death.
Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil, Paperback (May 2015)» View all books by Paul Durcan
Winner of ther 2014 Irish Book Achievement Award, this book features a collection of poetry that addresses itself through Ireland and the Irish diaspora to the whole world beyond.
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Author Biography - Paul Durcan
Paul Durcan was born in Dublin in 1944, of County Mayo parents, and studied archaeology and medieval history at University College Cork. His first book, Endsville (with Brian Lynch), appeared in 1967, and has been followed by 17 others, including O Westport in the Light of Asia Minor (1975), Teresa's Bar (1976), Sam's Cross (1978), Jesus, Break His Fall (1980), The Selected Paul Durcan (edited by Edna Longley, Poetry Ireland Choice, 1982), Jumping the Train Tracks with Angela (1983), The Berlin Wall Cafe (Poetry Book Society Choice, 1985), Going Home to Russia (1987), Daddy, Daddy (1990), Crazy about Women (1991), Christmas Day (1996), and Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil (1999). In 1974 he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award and in 1978 and 1980 received Creative Writing Bursaries from the Arts Council. Apart from Britain and Ireland, where he reads regularly, he has read in Yugoslavia, the former Soviet Union, the USA (where in 1985 he was resident poet at The Frost Place, New Hampshire), Canada, Holland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, New Zealand, Israel, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Catalonia, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Japan. In October 1989 he received the Irish American Cultural Institute Poetry Award and in 1990 won the Whitbread Poetry Award. In the same year he was writer in residence at Trinity College Dublin. He is a member of Aosdana and lives in Dublin.
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