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By Gerry Murphy

End of Part One

Comprehensive New and Selected Poems volume from Cork’s uncrowned poet laureate , with a short introduction by John Montauge

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Comprehensive New and Selected Poems volume from Cork’s uncrowned poet laureate

A political poet who also writes daring love poems, or a love poet whose portraits and parodies constitute a necessary clearing of space—whether in a small city or on a larger, global stage—either way Gerry Murphy is a particular case in Irish poetry, at once provocative and hugely entertaining, serious even in his most apparently throw-away gesture. “What makes Murphy unique among his contemporaries,” according to John Montague in a brief foreword to this selected volume, “is his curious integrity, the way he has created an aesthetic out of nearly nothing, ex nihilo.  But there is much skill behind his lightness of touch…”

End of Part One: New & Selected Poems features generous selections from all of those books together with some 30 new poems in a section entitled ‘The Psychopathology of Everyday Life’.

“This is a poet who understands rhythm and voice as he understands the complexity of human emotion.”
The Irish Times

“Murphy’s voice is salacious, funny, pithy, angry-making, often verging on the side-of-the-mouth and, dare one add, tender… This is a worthwhile book, energetic and wise.”
Poetry Ireland Review

“[T]his selected poems allows the reader to delight again in Murphy’s ‘encyclopedia of longing’ that is his verse… The tremendous conjunction he can make is to be the joker of his own tristesse. He’s also a wizard who can conjure out of moments vast horizons of being…”
— Robert Welch, Verbal


ISBN 1904556612 Hardback (enquire)
ISBN 1904556574 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 220 pp.
2006

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Weight.3 kg
Dimensions216 x 140 mm

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Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 1904556574
  • Size: : 140 x 216 mm
  • Pages: : 220 pp
  • Published: : 2006

About The Author

Author

Gerry Murphy was born in Cork in 1952. His poetry collections include A Small Fat Boy Walking Backwards (1985, 1992) and five previous collections from Dedalus, Rio de la Plata and All That (1993), The Empty Quarter (1995), Extracts from the Lost Log-Book of Christopher Columbus (1999), Torso of an Ex-Girlfriend (2002) and My Flirtation with International Socialism (2010). Dedalus also publish End of Part One: New and Selected Poems (2006). Murphy's poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and Pocket Apocalypse, his translations of the Polish poet Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska, appeared in 2005 from Southword Editions. Murphy's own poems form the basis for a live poetry-and-music show by Crazy Dog Audio Theatre, entitled The People's Republic of Gerry Murphy, which ran at the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival in 2010 to considerable critical success. REVIEW EXCERPT "Murphy's voice is salacious, funny, pithy, angry-making, often verging on the side-of-the-mouth and, dare one add, tender... This is a worthwhile book, energetic and wise." — Fred Johnston, Poetry Ireland Review

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