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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. BUY


Featured Authors:

JAMES J MCAULEY

JAMES J McAULEY was born in Dublin in 1936, where he worked from 1953 as assistant to the manager of Chapelizod Greyhound Stadium, then as an ESB clerk,... MORE

PAUL PERRY

Paul Perry was born in Dublin in 1972. He has won the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award and The Listowel Prize for Poetry and has been a James... MORE

ANN JOYCE

Ann Joyce was born in Co. Mayo, later moving to Boyle, Co. Roscommon where she was a founding member of the Moylurg Writers group. Her poetry has been... MORE

PATRICK DEELEY

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

THEO DORGAN

Theo Dorgan was born in Cork in 1953. He is a poet, prose writer, documentary screenwriter, editor, translator and broadcaster. Dedalus reissued his... MORE

ENDA WYLEY

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

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

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

PAT BORAN

PAT BORAN was born in Portlaoise, Ireland in 1963 and currently lives in Dublin where he works as an editor and broadcaster. He has also held a number... 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
    area
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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