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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.

COLLECTOR'S EDITION Readers may be interested to know that, as well as the standard paperback edition of this title, we have also produced a special casebound edition, on Munken Pure paper, with Navy Wibalin endpapers and binding, limited to 50 copies only, signed by both editors, an ideal Christmas gift or collector's item. More...

Featured Authors:


Jessica Traynor was born in Dublin in 1984. A dramaturg at the Abbey Theatre and a creative writing teacher, she has published poems in a variety of... MORE


Patrick Kehoe was born in 1956 in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford where he still lives. Educated at St Peter's College, Wexford, he studied History and... MORE


Desmond O’Grady was born in Limerick in 1935. He left Ireland during the 1950s to teach and write in Paris, Rome and America. While a Teaching... MORE


Tom Mathews was born in Dublin in 1952. After working in advertising he studied Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. He has... 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


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


BILLY RAMSELL was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at North Monastery and UCC. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and journals and he was... MORE

Poem of the Month

The Poet C.P. Cavafy’s Mother
DESMOND O'GRADY (1935 – 2014, RIP)

Alexandrian evening. Polite promenade.
Fresh northwester off your Euclidic Corniche.

At home upstairs, off Ramleh Square,
your mother, in lace, claws on to you dressed
upright in dark suit, starched white collars,
hide-behind pince-nez. She slouches to bed at ten.

My mother, Feathereye, with a gesture would say
“Take this money. Keep up your end of the night.”
She departed in angel blue for her hereafter
unlike your Haricleia, your family horror too.

Then, sure she’s asleep, you’re off to the Attarine
deserting the library of your frustrated imagination.

The reality of experience, imagined or lived,
generates the life of what we leave after us.

(from On My Way by Desmond O'Grady, 2005)


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