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By Macdara Woods

The Cotard Dimension

In this 11th collection of his poetry, Macdara Woods brings his hallmark qualities of energy and alertness to the subject of memory, its revelations, transports and deceptions.

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In this 11th collection of his poetry, Macdara Woods brings his hallmark qualities of energy and alertness to the subject of memory, its revelations, transports and deceptions. The Cotard Dimension unflinchingly faces “the distorting glass / In the bathroom mirror” and discovers that “memory is where I am / One- fingered memory / Poking round among the ruins”. His poetic world is full too of present realities, of immediacy, his characteristic, photographic fidelity to the moment and to all the elements which chance unites in a scene, to the flash of colour and light. The wit and humanity of his Clare Island series enable him to catch the instant when we see the ancient and contemporary bound up in each other. And in poems that deal with the poet’s slow recovery after an accident, he records the renewal of “the wild olive that we thought was dead”, and produces a volume of poetry that, despite our troubled times, celebrates “fresh growth new bone”.

Shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2012

“This is language raised, like prayer and other holy forms, to be instructive, healing, memorable and accurate. In the performance of these duties, Macdara Woods is among the most trustworthy, his voice among the most engaging, his contribution among the permanent”
— Thomas Lynch


ISBN 9781906614430 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 90 pp
May 2011

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Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614430 Paperback
  • Size: : 215 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 90 pp
  • Published: : May 2011

About The Author

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Macdara Woods Born Dublin 1942. Poetry Collections: Decimal D. Sec. Drinks In A Bar In Marrakesh (New Writers’ Press 1970), Early Morning Matins (Gallery Press 1973) Stopping The Lights In Ranelagh (Dedalus Press 1987, 1988) Miz Moon (Dedalus Press 1988) The Hanged Man Was Not Surrendering (Dedalus Press 1990) Notes From The Countries Of Blood-Red Flowers (Dedalus Press 1994) Selected Poems (Dedalus Press 1996) Knowledge In The Blood: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press 2000, 2007) The Nightingale Water (Dedalus Press 2001) The Cello Suites (Bach With Verse USA 2003/4) Artichoke Wine (Dedalus Press 2006) The Cotard Dimension (Dedalus Press 2011) Collected Poems (Dedalus Press 2012) From Sandymount To The Hill Of Howth: A Mayday Aisling/Skazka (Quaternia Press in assoc. with Cyphers 2014) In Italian:Biglietto di Sola Andata (Moby Dick Editrice Faenza 1998) Con Pesaro ai Miei Piedi (Volumnia Editrice Perugia 1999) Translation: The King of The Dead and other Libyan Tales by Redwan Abushwesha, with the author and OrlaWoods Abushwesha (Martin Brian and O’Keefe London 1978) Edited Cyphers, Dublin, since 1975. The Kilkenny Anthology (Kilkenny Co Council 1991) Present Tense: Words and Pictures, with Jim Vaughan (Mayo Co Council 2006) Clare Island Sequence commissioned for/included in this time, this place (Mayo Co Council 2007).

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