"Pat Boran's poems make magic out of found things, and his metaphors light the dark like Roman candles. He is a master of his language; beyond that, he makes poetry matter to me again."
"Pat Boran's New and Selected Poems will be a revelation to many readers, showing the true scale of his achievement. He writes with exactitude and stark brevity, careful to strip away all the superfluous flourishes, as he equally celebrates and scrutinises the apparently familiar within the rigors of a universal and scientific context."
"The lightness of his syntactic touch is masterly"
Bernard O'Donoghue, The Irish Times
Pat Boran was born in Portlaoise, Ireland in 1963 and currently lives in Dublin. Prior to taking over the running of the press in 2005, he had published four collections of poetry with Dedalus: The Unwound Clock (1990), which won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, Familiar Things (1993), The Shape of Water (1996) and As the Hand, the Glove (2001). His New and Selected Poems was reissued, with minor revisions, by Dedalus in November 2007. In addition to poetry he has published a collection of short stories, Strange Bedfellows (1991) and his short fiction title for children includes All the Way from China (1999) which was a finalist for the Bisto Book of the Year Award. His non-fiction titles include the writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop and A Short History of Dublin. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and presenter of The Poetry Programme on RT… Radio 1, he has also edited Wingspan: A Dedalus Sampler and Flowing, Still: Irish Poets on Irish Poetry (2009). In 2007 he was elected to the membership of Aosd·na and in 2008 he received the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award.