By Patrick Deeley

Groundswell: New and Selected Poems

Introduced by Theo Dorgan, Groundswell is a major retrospective of the work of the Co. Galway born poet.
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With an Introduction by Theo Dorgan, and including a substantial selection of work, Groundswell: New and Selected Poems is a generous overview of the work of one of Irish poetry’s most compelling voices.

“Patrick Deeley’s imaginative strength springs from his childhood in the west of Ireland, a life close to and involved with nature. But this is no simplistic nature poetry, the poems are rich – as is the soil – with contradictions, growth and failure, life and death, beauty and horror. If Deeley stoops “to decipher the scripture of the wood” he is yet aware that even the human is fragile and will pass back into that soil. The forms of the poems echo this watchful care, their stanzas shaped, their language poised and cautious. This volume of new and selected poems is a rich and a rigorous achievement.”
— John F. Deane

“Though a number of Irish poets have written about the great changes in Ireland during the last ten to fifteen years, none have done it as beautifully, as potently as Deeley.”
Contrary (USA)

“Deeley restores a degree of the mystery that inheres in the natural world and the magic in the sounds of words.”
Kirkus Reviews (USA)

ISBN 978 1 906614 73 7 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 226 pp
April 2013

Additional information

Weight .35 kg
Dimensions 216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614737
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 226 pp
  • Published: : April 2013

About The Author


Patrick Deeley was born in the townland of Foxhall, outside Loughrea, Co. Galway, in 1953. He worked as a primary teacher, and later as administrative principal, in Ballyfermot until 2012. He has published six collections of poems with Dedalus Press: Intimate Strangers (1986), Names for Love (1990), Turane: The Hidden Village (1995), Decoding Samara (2000), The Bones of Creation (2008), and Groundswell: New and Selected Poems (2013). In 2019 Dedalus published The End of the World. In addition his poems have appeared in many leading literary outlets in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada and Australia over the past thirty five years. They’ve also been translated to French, Italian and other languages, as well as appearing in approximately fifty anthologies. His poem ‘Woodman’ was chosen as one of ‘Ireland’s 100 Favourite Poems’ in a survey organised by The Irish Times, and his most recent poetry awards include the WOW2 and The Dermot Healy International Poetry Prize. His novel for young people, The Lost Orchard (O’Brien Press), won the Eilís Dillon Award and a Bisto Book of the Year Award in 2001. Patrick Deeley's memoir, The Hurley Maker’s Son (2016), is published in the UK and Ireland by Transworld. In 2019 Patrick Deeley received the Lawrence O'Shaugnessy Award for Irish Poetry. "I try for poems that are pertinent to what’s happening now in the world, that are sturdy but light on their feet, plain-spoken but memorable. There’s still room for imagery and metaphor, for the old poetic devices – even onomatopoeia – and I hold to these regardless of what the fashionistas may say." – Patrick Deeley