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'Durcan's mastery of tone, his manic confidentiality, his blithe expositions of the seemingly unthinkable, his hypnotic repetitions of what other poets would hardly dare utter once... give an air of audacious authority unique in contemporary poetry' - Brendan Kennelly, Irish Times


O Westport in the Light of Asia Minor was first published in a tiny edition in Dublin in 1975. It was Paul Durcan's first fully-fledged collection, and already displays an astonishingly mature, visionary power, shot through with the surrealism and heart-breaking comedy that have since become his hallmark. It won him the Patrick Kavanagh Award. Now Durcan's readers can discover what they have been missing. The poems are printed in the order he originally intended, and the volume concluded with six poems from his very first collaborative collection, Endsville (1967), with Brian Lynch.


Paul Durcan... is one of the country's leading living poets... His strange, mesmerising voice wraps itself around every syllable and texture of his poems, wrapping the audience into its very spell, into the very grain of the text

Michael Cunningham, Irish Times

The 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

This is the real thing. One can't say more, or less than that

David Wright, Cyphers

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    May 15, 2015

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  • O Westport In The Light Of Asia Minor
    Paul Durcan



    August 31, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    96 pages

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