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Playing the Bones

Authors: Dave Lordan

Published by Salmon Poetry

ISBN: 9781908836373

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In his third poetry collection, Dave Lordan once again blends literary innovation and political engagement with mesmerising results. Together these poems present a visionary telling of truths that the powers that be would rather keep hidden, but which are the poet’s duty to unfold.

“Lordan’s poems are hard-hitting and edgy, yet at the same time lyrical and intimate..... With our culture poised at an historic cross roads, this is exactly the kind of writing we need.” – Richard Boyd Barrett TD


Dave Lordan is the first writer to win Ireland’s three national prizes for young poets: the Ireland Chair of Poetry (2011), the Strong Award (2008) and the Patrick Kavanagh Award (2005). A book of short stories, First Book of Frags, was published to critical acclaim by Wurm Press in 2013 (ISBN 9780956373243). His previous Salmon Poetry collections are The Boy in the Ring (2007; ISBN 9781903392607) and Invitation to a Sacrifice (2010; ISBN 9781907056444). His poems are regularly broadcast on Irish national radio, and he reviews for the flagship arts show Arena. He lives in Dublin.

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