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If Ever You Go

[A] map of the city's imagination
– Evening Herald

IF EVER YOU GO: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song is a major verse anthology from Dedalus Press in which editors Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth present a unique invitation to explore, street by street, one of the world's most famous literary cities through the poems and songs it has inspired down the ages.

A virtual tour of the city and environs, If Ever You Go takes the reader on a journey through streets broad and narrow, featuring verse both familiar and new, historical and contemporary, by writers whose work adds up to an intimate and revealing portrait of a place and its people. Contributors include poets already synonymous with the city — Swift, Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Clarke and Kavanagh among them — as well as a host of others, including Kinsella, Heaney, Boland, Bolger and Meehan, who have made some part of it their own.

Street singers and balladeers rub shoulders with haiku and performance poets in an anthology that has its heart set on the very streets we live, work and play on. Groundbreaking in reach, celebratory in outlook, If Ever You Go is a record of the connections and epiphanies, the morning visions and the late-night wanderings that between them make up a map of a city where poetry truly matters. BUY

Featured Authors:


JAMES J McAULEY was born in Dublin in 1936, where he worked from 1953 as assistant to the manager of Chapelizod Greyhound Stadium, then as an ESB clerk,... MORE


Paul Perry was born in Dublin in 1972. He has won the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award and The Listowel Prize for Poetry and has been a James... MORE


Ann Joyce was born in Co. Mayo, later moving to Boyle, Co. Roscommon where she was a founding member of the Moylurg Writers group. Her poetry has been... MORE


Patrick Deeley was born in Loughrea, Co. Galway in 1953, and currently lives in Dublin. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies since... MORE


Theo Dorgan was born in Cork in 1953. He is a poet, prose writer, documentary screenwriter, editor, translator and broadcaster. Dedalus reissued his... MORE


Enda Wyley was born in Dublin in 1966. She has published four collections of poetry with the Dedalus Press: Eating Baby Jesus (1994), Socrates in the... MORE


Paula Meehan was born in 1955 in Dublin where she still lives. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and at Eastern Washington University in the U.S.... MORE


Leland Bardwell was born in India, grew up in Leixlip and was educated in Dublin with extra mural studies in London University. She has published five... MORE


PAT BORAN was born in Portlaoise, Ireland in 1963 and currently lives in Dublin where he works as an editor and broadcaster. He has also held a number... MORE

Poem of the Month

John O'Donnell

Something in the corner of your eye,
ditch-edge, a small bright blur
you almost miss, glanced at, going by

and then a second time, momentary
distraction from the road ahead, wheel-whirr;
something on the corner. And you eye

the fresh bouquet. Somebody will tie
another here tomorrow, the day after;
someone who’ll never miss a chance, going by

this asphalt curve to stop, to wonder why
he hadn’t stopped in time, the driver
who’d seen something in the corner of his eye

before he’d braked, the screeching geometry
of one life arcing to avoid another
and almost missing, bumper’s glance going by

and now no going back. You straighten, lonely:
how this sudden turn becomes a tear
somewhere, in the corner of an eye,
a loved one missed; a chance gone by.

(from On Water by John O'Donnell, May 2014)


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