Dear Life is Dennis O’Driscoll’s ninth book of poetry. Like his earlier work, it engages with contemporary issues – the internet era, the compensation culture, global warming – as well as providing fresh perspectives on the timeless topics of working and ageing, loving and dying, God and Mammon. Several startling poems give voice to twenty-first century Western attitudes towards religious belief. With its wry, double-edged title, the sequence “Dear Life” attempts nothing less than an exploration of the nature and purpose of human life.
With an introduction by Seamus Heaney
Winner of The Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2013