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By Pat Boran

A Man Is Only As Good

A Man Is Only As Good is a pocket-sized introduction to the poetry of award-winning Irish poet and writer Pat Boran, drawing on five previous full-length collections and including the late Dennis O’Driscoll’s prose introduction to the poems. Described as “a writer of great tenderness and lyricism” (Agenda, UK), Boran makes heartfelt, deceptively simple poems that are at once “local and international, personal and scientific, full of wisdom and wry humor” (Irish Literary Supplement, USA).

 
 

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This pocket-sized edition of the poems of Pat Boran significantly refines the selection from New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press, 2007) while extending it with poems taken from his 2012 collection The Next Life. As such, with the exception of the poems in Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (Orange Crate Books, 2015) – a book-length sequence which does not lend itself to excerption – A Man Is Only As Good draws on all of his collections to date, namely: The Unwound Clock (1990), the chapbook History and Promise (1990), Familiar Things (1993), The Shape of Water (1996), As the Hand, the Glove (2001) and The Next Life (2012).

“His poems are flexible enough to lift off the page.”
Poetry Ireland Review


A Man Is Only As Good is published by Orange Crate Books and distributed by Dedalus Press.


‘A MAN IS ONLY AS GOOD’

A man is only as good
as what he says to a dog
when he has to get up out of bed
in the middle of a wintry night
because some damned dog has been barking;

and he goes and opens the door
in his vest and boxer shorts
and there on the pock-marked wasteground
called a playing field out front
he finds the mutt with one paw

raised in expectation
and an expression that says: Thank God
for a minute there I thought
there was no one awake but me
in this goddamned town.

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9780993172618
  • Size: : 108 x 170 mm
  • Pages: : 160
  • Published: : September 2017

About The Author

Author

PAT BORAN was born in Portlaoise, Ireland in 1963 and has long since lived in Dublin. He has held a number of posts as Writer-in-Residence with libraries and third level institutions and has published six collections of poetry as well as New and Selected Poems (2007), with an introduction by the late Dennis O'Driscoll, and A Man Is Only As Good (2017), a pocket-sized introduction to his poetry to date. Editions of his work have appeared in Italian, Hungarian and Macedonian. His fiction publications include the short story collection, Strange Bedfellows (1991) and his Bisto Book of the Year Shortlisted children's title, All the Way from China (1999). Non-fiction includes the popular writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (revised and updated, 2013) and A Short History of Dublin (2000). His humorous memoir The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood, was published in December 2009. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio 1, he has edited numerous anthologies, among them Wingspan: A Dedalus Sampler (2006), Flowing, Still: Irish Poets on Irish Poetry (2009), The Bee-Loud Glade (2009) and, with Gerard Smyth, If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song, the 2014 Dublin: Once City, One Book choice. Awards include The Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1989 and the US-based Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award in the US in 2008. He is a member of Aosdána. (see also www.patboran.com)

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