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'[His] voice speaks clearly on the page in poems of harrowing intimacy, politics and love. He holds a mirror up to himself: but we can see ourselves over his shoulder, whoever we are' - Carol Ann Duffy, Guardian

WINNER OF THE 2014 IRISH BOOK LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Cries of an Irish Caveman is Paul Durcan's most inspired and surprising collection of poems. Through four distinct sections, he brings his tender lyricism to bear on the themes of love and loss, life and death.

The first section describes an experience in Australia which provides a starting point for reassessing his past relationships and loves. The second returns to Ireland, its people and places, the celebrated and the unknown. The third section is a meditation on his daughter's marriage, placing within an historical and sacramental context a very personal event.

And finally, in some of his most daring and original writing, Durcan describes his own twentieth-century romance, replete with ecstacies and inevitable agonies, beauty and hope, but also brutality and self-abasement.

Reviews

Paul Durcan's Ireland is the one we inhabit. At times he is ready to celebrate the bizarre and the ordinary; at other times he is full of a surreal rage against both order and disorder

Colm Toibin, Times Literary Supplement

For him poetry is story-telling and his stories are told in a direct fashion that makes them totally accessible... Paul Durcan's poetry sings

Roger McGough, Sunday Tribune

Durcan's poems contain an essentially empathetic morality. He slips from character to character (a bishop, a milkman, a refugee, a single mother, a roofer), and succeeds in demonstrating how near the foreign can be, and how comic or common the concerns

Guardian

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  • Paperback

    9781910701133

    May 15, 2015

    Harvill Secker

    176 pages

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  • Cries Of An Irish Caveman
    Paul Durcan

    Trade Paperback

    9781860469107

    August 1, 2002

    Harvill Press

    176 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • Cries Of An Irish Caveman
    Paul Durcan

    EBook

    9781446484500

    August 31, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    176 pages

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