Life Is a Dream: 40 Years Reading Poems 1967–2007

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Famous for his electrifying poetry readings, Paul Durcan marks four decades—from Endsville in 1967 to The Laughter of Mothers in 2007—of composing silently and reciting aloud with this magnificent collection. This moving collective is full of poems celebrating love and sex, self-mocking poems of underachievement, informative accounts of the lives of famous writers and artists, and tender, poignant verses commemorating the dead. Throughout his long career, Durcan has continued to make passionate and moving poetry out of his own and his country's misfortunes. He is by turns a surrealist, a mystic, an Irish comedian with perfect comic timing, and an angry champion of the oppressed. This unique volume undoubtedly reaffirms the constant vision and artistic integrity of one of the most powerful, humane, and original voices in modern poetry.

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Paul Durcan is the author of nearly two dozen poetry volumes, including The Art of Life; The Berlin Wall Café; Daddy, Daddy; Endsville; Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil; and A Snail in My Prime: New and Selected Poems.

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"Durcan is a God. He can break your heart in [a] supermarket or petrol station. He is unafraid, masterful and exactly what this world needs more of: wild abandon, wild love, and sheer mad genius."  —Alice Sebold, author, The Lovely Bones

“To have heard him read adds another pleasure to the reading of his work—but the voice speaks clearly on the page in poems of harrowing intimacy, politics, and love.”  —Carol Ann Duffy, author, Rapture

"Paul Durcan's Ireland is the one we inhabit. At times he is ready to celebrate the bizarre and the ordinary; at other times he is full of a surreal rage against both order and disorder."  —Times Literary Supplement

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