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End of Part One: New & Selected Poems

End of Part One: New & Selected Poems

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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.

"[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

Gerry Murphy was born in Cork in 1952. His poetry collections include A Small Fat Boy Walking Backwards (1985, 1992) and four 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) and Torso of an Ex-Girlfriend (2002). His 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. 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