Dennis O’Driscoll was among the finest and most popular poets of his generation. “New and Selected Poems” shows him to be a poet of humanity and wit whose observant, rhythmically supple poetry is attuned to the tragedies and comedies of contemporary life. One of the book’s highlights is The Bottom Line, a multi-voiced and multifaceted portrait of business managers and bureaucrats. Closing with a generous selection of previously unpublished work, “New and Selected Poems” – which follows Dennis O’Driscoll’s acclaimed “Exemplary Damages”, chosen as a Book of the Year by Seamus Heaney in 2002 – makes for a compelling collection, wide in its appeal and yet imbued with a distinctive and often startling world-view.
Dennis O’Driscoll (1954-2012) was born in Thurles. His publications include nine collections of poetry, a book of essays, two collections of literary quotations and ‘Stepping Stones:Interviews with Seamus Heaney’. He received numerous honours and awards in Ireland and internationally.