Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Poetic Obituaries: The eight collections, which include

Quality Time (1997), Weather Permitting (1999), Exemplary Damages (2002), Reality Check (2007) and Dear Life published earlier this year, all testify to [Dennnis] O'Driscoll's status as the Irish Philip Larkin, yet O'Driscoll's art was that bit wider, his self- awareness more ironic, his humanity more forgiving.

Many of his poems are master classes in domestic realism. He responded to the rare moment, alert to "A winter dawn, struggling to shake off/the blacker aspects of the night . . .” (From the long sequence, Skywriting, in Reality Check).

from Irish Times: Departure of O'Driscoll leaves us all the poorer
then Irish Times: Much-loved poet and critic dies aged 58
from Irish Times: Tributes paid at poet's funeral


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