From Elsewhere review — Asymptote Journal

Signes: A Review of Ciaran Carson’s ‘From Elswhere’   For a poet, there are easier things than translations. The translating poet inevitably has to face the gnawing burden of writing for two people. “It’s a desperate system of double-entry...

The Boys of Bluehill review – The Guardian

The Boys of Bluehill by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin review — distinctive and rewarding    A murmur of nuns, dens, ruins … Ireland’s secret histories and the pain of the past
 echo through this powerful collection   The late Peter Porter had a peculiar blind spot...

Peter Sirr’s best book to date

The Rooms is Peter Sirr’s eighth collection. A beautifully orchestrated meditation upon the meaning of the word ‘home’, it weighs in at just over one hundred pages and is thus a substantial addition to his work.  By profession, Sirr is a linguist, teacher and...

Review – The Outnumbered Poet

THE LISTENER The Outnumbered Poet: Critical and Autobiographical Essays, by Dennis O’Driscoll It must have been in the early 1980s that I first met Dennis O’Driscoll, possibly after he published his first poetry collection, Kist (1982), and before the follow-up...

Review – The Dead Zoo

FROLICKING IN THE ETHER The Dead Zoo by Ciaran Berry The “personhood debate” is news that stays news, ready to be puzzled over with each slow birth and slow death. To the expectant mother, the creature kicking inside her, in its infinite strangeness and infinite...

Book of the Year 2013

It is good to see the publication by The Gallery Press of the late Dennis O’Driscoll’s The Outnumbered Poet, Critical and Autobiographical Essays. Known for his wide-ranging interest and encyclopaedic knowledge of the poetry scene, this posthumous...
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