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  • Life is a Dream finally presents the evidence of major artistic achievement in a single, unified text.

    Harry Clifton, Irish Times
  • The world is all the richer for this man's verse.

    Irish Independent
  • Paul Durcan's Ireland is the one we inhabit. At times he is ready to celebrate the bizarre and the ordinary; at other times he is full of a surreal rage against both order and disorder.

    Colm Tóibín, Times Literary Supplement
  • To have heard him read adds another pleasure to the reading of his work - but the voice speaks clearly on the page in poems of harrowing intimacy, politics and love

    Carol Ann Duffy, Guardian
  • Durcan is a God. He can break your heart in supermarket or petrol station. He is unafraid, masterful and exactly what this world needs more of: wild abandon, wild love and sheer mad genius.

    Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

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