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Gunpowder Valentine

Authors: Paul Perry

Published by Dedalus Press

ISBN: 9781906614942

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“A generous selection of the work of one of Ireland’s most admired younger poets. “There’s an expansiveness of scope here, allowing for poems that emerge from the long view of history and others which re-work folk legend into parables for our times… Perry’s world is the compromised, chastened, technology-loving world we live in but he manages to convey that it is not reduced, flattened or less than it was. There’s no nostalgia here, instead a sometimes headlong sense of passionate engagement.” — from the Introduction by Siobhán Campbell

Paul Perry was born in Dublin in 1972. His first book The Drowning of the Saints was published in 2003 to critical acclaim. This was followed in 2006 by The Orchid Keeper and in 2010 by The Last Falcon and Small Ordinance. He teaches creative writing at Kingston University, London, and University College Dublin and is Curator of the largest and longest running international poetry festival in Ireland, dlr Poety Now.

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