By Pat Boran

Wingspan: A Dedalus Sampler

The first showcase anthology under the editorship of Pat Boran, featuring a selection of both Irish and international poets published by the Dedalus Press.


The first showcase anthology produced under the editorship of Pat Boran, featuring a selection of Irish and international poets published by the Dedalus Press.

To celebrate its 21st year in publishing (2006), Pat Boran introduces Wingspan: A Dedalus Sampler, featuring recent and new work from 28 Irish and international poets on the Dedalus list whose range and diversity has come to be a hallmark of one of Ireland’s longest-running and best-known literary imprints.

The featured poets are: Chris Agee, Fergus Allen, Leland Bardwell, Pat Boran, Eva Bourke, Paddy Bushe, Padraig J Daly, Patrick Deeley, Gerard Fanning, Ann Joyce, Thomas Kinsella, Fred Marchant, James J McAuley, Gerry Murphy, Iggy McGovern, Michael O’Dea, Knut Odegard, John O’Donnell, Mary O’Donoghue, Desmond O’Grady, Amir Or, Paul Perry, Gabriel Rosenstock, Gerard Smyth, Dolores Stewart, Macdara Woods and Enda Wyley.

“The books from Dedalus now look superb, as befits the printing of serious verse… There is much in the Sampler: a brilliant moment of Wordworthian revelation in James McAuley (‘The Hill Walkers’); a keen immediacy in Pat Boran (‘Still Life’); the ascetic gentleness of Paddy Bushe; and much more… As they say in the ads: buy this book.”
— Robert Welch, Verbal

ISBN 1 904556 42 6 paperback
200 pp, 140 x 216 mm

Additional information

Weight.2 kg
Dimensions216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 1 904556 42 6 paperback
  • Size: : 140 x 216 mm
  • Pages: : 200
  • Published: : 2006

About The Author


PAT BORAN was born in Portlaoise, in the Irish midlands, and has long since lived in Dublin. He has held a number of posts as Writer-in-Residence with libraries and third-level institutions. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently Then Again (2019), Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2016) with photographs by the author. A Man Is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems appeared in 2017. Editions of his poetry have been published in Italian, Hungarian and Macedonian, with a selection issued in Portuguese in 2018, translated by Francisco José Craveiro de Carvalho. Pat Boran's non-fiction includes the popular writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (various editions) and A Short History of Dublin. His memoir The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood, was published to considerable acclaim in 2009. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and a former presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio 1, Pat Boran has edited numerous anthologies, among them Wingspan: A Dedalus Sampler (2006), Flowing, Still: Irish Poets on Irish Poetry (2009), The Bee-Loud Glade (2009), Shine On: Irish writers supporting those affected by mental ill health (2011), the 2014 Dublin One City, One Book choice If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (co-editor Gerard Smyth) and, with co-editor Eugene O'Connell, The Deep Heart's Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem (2017). His distinctions include The Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1989 and the US-based Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award in 2008. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of creative artists. (See also