By Gerard Smyth

A Song of Elsewhere

Gerard Smyth’s seventh collection of poems, featuring poems from Paris, Lisbon and the American Midwest


Gerard Smyth is a poet strongly associated with his native Dublin, much of his previous work focusing on the people and places of that city and their legacy and effect on the poet and his generation.

In A Song of Elsewhere, as the title implies, his gaze is somewhat more outward-looking, and the call of place is less that of the immediately familiar. While Dublin might still be present as a “hunting ground for life’s necessities”, the interaction with a wider geographical world (Paris, Lisbon and, in particular, the American Midwest feature prominently) brings the reward of new perspective, as it also brings an increased appreciation of the role of the travelling poet / musician, and what one poem calls “the sorceries of the blues guitarist”.

ISBN 978910251072 Paperback
216 x 140 mm, 82 pp

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Weight .15 kg
Dimensions 216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 978910251072
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 82 pp
  • Published: : February 2015

About The Author


GERARD SMYTH was born in Dublin in 1951. His first poems were published in 1969 in New Irish Writing and The Honest Ulsterman. Gerard Smyth’s ten collections of poetry are World Without End (New Writers’ Press, 1977), Loss and Gain (Raven Arts Press, 1981), Painting the Pink Roses Black (Dedalus Press, 1986), Daytime Sleeper (Dedalus Press, 2002), A New Tenancy (Dedalus Press, 2004), The Mirror Tent (Dedalus Press, 2007), The Fullness of Time: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press, 2010), A Song of Elsewhere (Dedalus Press, 2015), The Yellow River (a collaboration with artist Seán McSweeney, Solstice Arts Centre, 2017) and The Sundays of Eternity (Dedalus Press, 2020). Gerard’s work has appeared in several anthologies, including Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916, edited by Niall McMonagle; All Through the Night: Night Poems and Lullabies, edited by Marie Heaney and Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan, edited by Thom Tammaro and Alan Davis. His work has also appeared in translation, including Italian, Romanian, German, French, Spanish, Ukrainian, Hungarian and Polish. In 2012 Gerard Smyth was recipient of the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award from the University of St Thomas in Minnesota. Gerard was co-editor, with Pat Boran, of If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dedalus Press, 2014) which was Dublin’s One City One Book in 2014. Smyth’s reviews and essays have appeared in various publications, including The Irish Times, The Dublin Review of Books, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Daily, Modern Poetry in Translation and The Warwick Review. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of creative artists. Gerard Smyth retired as a Managing Editor of The Irish Times in 2011 but continues to act as the newspaper’s Poetry Editor. Further information at PERSONAL STATEMENT "At this stage of my writing life memory and personal places have a central role in my work. Since my first poems in the 1960s, the irresistible appeal of poetry has been its multiple range of functions – as a form of succinct storytelling, as melody and soundscape, as a medium to capture the spirit of place, memorialise and elegise, lament, pay homage, bear witness and celebrate. What the lyric can achieve surpasses all other forms. Jane Hirshfield nailed it when she said that poetry is “as grand a technology as I know for the netting and distillation of vastness, condensing huge swaths of existence into something portable, memorable”.