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Theo Dorgan on The Poetry Programme

Theo Dorgan by Pat Boran. Dedalus Press, poetry from Ireland and the world

Theo Dorgan is the guest on this week’s Poetry Programme (Saturday 20 February at 7:30 pm, RTÉ Radio 1), reading from his most recent collection Nine Bright Shiners (Dedalus Press, 2014), his translations of Maram al-Masri’s Barefoot Souls, and previewing the forthcoming Mountains to Sea literary festival.

The show will also be available to listen back to online at http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-poetry-programme

Groundswell: New and Selected Poems

Groundswell: New and Selected Poems. Dedalus Press, poetry from Ireland and the world
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

What This Earth Cost Us

What This Earth Cost Us. Theo Dorgan. Dedalus Press, poetry from Ireland and the world

Theo Dorgan’s first two collections of poems, The Ordinary House of Love and Rosa Mundi have long been out of print. This book gathers in the poems from those earlier books in a single volume and brings them to a wider audience.

“No contemporary British writer could risk, as Dorgan does in ‘A Charm on the Night of Your Birthday’, “I light the sky above our bed for you/ with seven stars of gold, ploughing/ the deep for you—” though many might give their writing hand for the debunking wit with which he continues: “and that’s not so hard/ when you are the sea”. Such fluency between registers, as between worlds, is one of the things we most want from poetry, and this book delivers it throughout.”
— Fiona Sampson, The Irish Times


ISBN 9781904556930 Paperback
2008
140 x 216 mm, 170 pp

Sailing For Home

Sailing for Home. Theo Dorgan. Dedalus Press, poetry from Ireland and the world

“A book for everyone” — Doris Lessing

Theo Dorgan’s gripping account of a transatlantic voyage on the schooner Spirit of Oysterhaven—from the Caribbean to the coast of his native Cork—is both travelogue and meditation, interior journey and outward voyage of exploration. Dorgan’s meticulously exact account of the labour and skills involved could well act as a handbook for anyone prompted to repeat the adventure. His feel for the history of the sea and sailing, drawn from wide reading, is tested against the practical realities of what is involved in such an ambitious undertaking. The qualities of endurance and willingness he must find in himself, the shared experiences that make four individuals into a crew, all these come as a succession of revelations. He brings a poet’s eye to the immensities of the ocean, its lore, its mysteries and its secrets. As so many before him, he will learn that what you find on the journey, not the destination, is what matters.


ISBN 9781906614331 Paperback
5″ x 8″, 300 pp
May 2010 (first published 2004)

Greek

Greek by Theo Dorgan. Dedalus Press, poetry from Ireland and the world
Theo Dorgan’s Greek is a vivid, sensual, technically brilliant new collection which transports the reader through time and space, history and myth, love and death. The Greek gods and goddesses walk again, as real as we are, in the islands of 21st century Greece in a poetry which is singingly alive to the pleasures of being here now. This is the language of ‘undying” Writing from “the childhood of the world” in Greece, Dorgan finds his identity as an Islander, as a lover and as a poet made new again, with increased authority and a deep understanding of the power and alchemy of myth; sharing with us his relish of “the great slant freedom of our craft”. He demonstrates also a real gift for the short lyric poem in the middle section, ‘Islands’, each poem here being utterly of its brief moment as “the stars come out on the life that I call mine”. — Carol Ann Duffy

ISBN 9781906614171
216 x 140 mm, 80 pp
Feb 2010

What We Found There

What We Found There. Theo Dorgan (ed.) Dedalus Press, poetry from Ireland and the world

The National Museum of Ireland / Ard-Mhúsaem na hÉireann is a repository of memory – but also a living place that enriches and challenges the present, that preserves for the future a witness to who we have been. We invited more than forty poets, writing in both English and Irish, to visit any of the Museum’s four collections – Archaeology in Kildare Street, Natural History in Merrion Street, Decorative Arts & History in Collins’ Barracks, Dublin, and Country Life in Turlough Park, Co. Mayo – and to write a poem prompted by this visit. The resulting poems in this anthology are inspired by, in conversation with, the Museum itself and those artefacts and objects from its collections that have engaged the imagination of the poets as they have engaged the imaginations of countless visitors through the years.

“What We Found There reveals itself as a surprisingly rich and inventive collection giving us a vivid snapshot of the contemporary Irish poetic scene, whose diversity it powerfully captures. Hopefully, it will prompt readers both to revisit the museums they have frequented over the years, and to (re)discover poets with whom they may not be very familiar. An enjoyable volume, it deserves to find its place on the bookshelves of anyone with an interest in contemporary poetry, as well as in Ireland’s cultural past.”
—Florence Impens, The Trumpet


ISBN 9781906614867 Paperback
127 x 203 mm, 100 pp
2013

A Different Eden

In dialogue with each other and our environment, some 40 contemporary poets from Ireland and Galicia speak from the Atlantic edge of Europe, from the wild some might say, to the very heart of the matter: our damaged and threatened world. Carefully tending to our fragile ecosystem, this timely anthology of Irish and Galician poems asks how we live in this world, how we celebrate our intimate relationship with all living things. There is a sense of urgency here, of the need for action and the need to move ‘from ego to eco.’ Whether casting the bones or skylarking, these poems range across language and borders tracing every foot print, every paw print and every flight path through our shared world in the belief that A Different Eden is possible.

CONTRIBUTORS

MARILAR ALEIXANDRE * EMILIO ARAÚXO * EVA BOURKE * PADDY BUSHE * MOYA CANNON * ESTEVO CREUS * MOYRA DONALDSON * THEO DORGAN * MIRIAM FERRADÁNS * LUPE GÓMEZ * EAMON GRENNAN * KERRY HARDIE * SEÁN HEWITT * MICEÁL KEARNEY * MICHAEL LONGLEY * SEÁN LYSAGHT * PAULA MEEHAN * CEAITÍ NÍ BHEILDIÚIN  * AILBHE NÍ GHEARBHUIGH * DOIREANN NÍ GHRÍOFA * OLGA NOVO * SIMON Ó FAOLÁIN  * MARY O’MALLEY * CATHAL Ó SEARCAIGH * PILAR PALLARÉS * CHUS PATO *  LUZ PICHEL * XAVIER QUEIPO * MANUEL RIVAS * JANE ROBINSON * ANA ROMANÍ * MARK ROPER * DANIEL SALGADO * CÉSAR SOUTO VILANOVA * DORES TEMBRÁS * ÁINE UÍ FHOGHLÚ * GRACE WELLS

The Word Ark

THE WORD ARK is a pocket-sized, 146-page anthology of poems responding to our fellow creatures, great and small, published at a time when not only the animal kingdom but the world at large is beset by dangers on an unprecedented scale. It is, in the words of its editor Pat Boran, “An invitation to look more intently at the world beyond ourselves, an external balance to our inner turmoil.”

Featuring contributions from 45 poets – including Paula Meehan, Patrick Deeley, Paddy Bushe, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Francis Harvey, Mark Roper, Eva Bourke and Boran himself – and beautifully illustrated by the editor’s’s father-in-law, Sicilian artist Gaetano Tranchino (see www.gaetanotranchino.com) The Word Ark is a highly personal and timely response to a crisis, and an opportunity in these troubling times to love, laud and celebrate.

I greatly welcome this timely publication and the images of the animals we share our surroundings with, as presented by the poets, who see the world of nature in a very clear way indeed.
— Éanna Ní Lamhna, biologist, author, broadcaster

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS:
Leland Bardwell, Pat Boran, Eva Bourke, Paddy Bushe, Conor Carville, Inger Christensen, Marie Coveney, Enda Coyle-Greene, Catherine Ann Cullen, Pádraig J Daly, Patrick Deeley, Theo Dorgan, Katherine Duffy, Erin Fornoff, Matthew Geden, Ray Givans, Francis Harvey, Eleanor Hooker, Patrick Kehoe, John Kelly, Tom Mathews, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Philip McDonagh, Iggy McGovern, Paula Meehan, Mary Montague, Aidan Murphy, Gerry Murphy, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mary Noonan, Peggy O’Brien, John O’Donnell, Mary O’Donoghue, Paul Perry, Leeanne Quinn, Ger Reidy, Mark Roper, Gerard Smyth, Ross Thompson, Richard Tillinghast, Jessica Traynor, Grace Wells, Joseph Woods, Macdara Woods and Enda Wyley.

01 June 2020, 146 pp
PB 105 x 170 mm — HB 127 x 203 mm

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Edited by Keith Payne, Lorna Shaughnessy and Martín  A Different Eden / Un Edén diferente gathers some 40 contemporary poets from Ireland and Galicia who speak from the Atlantic edge of Europe, from the wild some might say, to the very heart of the matter: our damaged and threatened world.

CONTRIBUTORS

MARILAR ALEIXANDRE * EMILIO ARAÚXO * EVA BOURKE * PADDY BUSHE * MOYA CANNON * ESTEVO CREUS * MOYRA DONALDSON * THEO DORGAN * MIRIAM FERRADÁNS * LUPE GÓMEZ * EAMON GRENNAN * KERRY HARDIE * SEÁN HEWITT * MICEÁL KEARNEY * MICHAEL LONGLEY * SEÁN LYSAGHT * PAULA MEEHAN * CEAITÍ NÍ BHEILDIÚIN  * AILBHE NÍ GHEARBHUIGH * DOIREANN NÍ GHRÍOFA * OLGA NOVO * SIMON Ó FAOLÁIN  * MARY O’MALLEY * CATHAL Ó SEARCAIGH * PILAR PALLARÉS * CHUS PATO *  LUZ PICHEL * XAVIER QUEIPO * MANUEL RIVAS * JANE ROBINSON * ANA ROMANÍ * MARK ROPER * DANIEL SALGADO * CÉSAR SOUTO VILANOVA * DORES TEMBRÁS * ÁINE UÍ FHOGHLÚ * GRACE WELLS

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