Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being by Paul Durcan

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...Durcan is the recording angel who preserves what could be lost, who brings tidings of change in some of the darker moments of history.
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Paul Durcan's twenty-second collection finds Monsieur le Poète on the road in Paris, New York City, Chicago, Brisbane, and Achill Island, meditating upon the sanctuary of home and what it means to feel truly at home.

Regarded by many as the great poet of contemporary Ireland, Durcan is on top form here as he contemplates the fall of the Celtic Tiger, while railing against bankers and 'bonus boys'. There are poems of love lost and won, and poems in memory of friends and relatives who have passed on, but there is also joy to be found in the birth of a grandson, and there is praise, too, for the modest heroism of truckers, air traffic controllers and nurses, those 'slim, sturdy, buxom nourishers' of fallen mankind. If for Sartre 'hell is other people', for Durcan 'heaven is other people, especially women'.
 

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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 Café (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.
 
Published March 29, 2012 by Vintage Digital. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Fran Brearton on Mar 30 2012

...Durcan is the recording angel who preserves what could be lost, who brings tidings of change in some of the darker moments of history.

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Reviewed by Kate Kellaway on Mar 17 2012

Some may have come too easily, but one is grateful for their rare openness and for the way, even when set in New York, Paris and elsewhere, they return one to Ireland.

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