Louis de Paor
Read Tadhg Ó Dúshláine's review of Corcach agus Dánta Eile by Louis de Paor in Southword. Read more about Louis de Paor in Táin Magazine.
Born in Cork in 1961, Louis de Paor has been involved with the contemporary rennaissance of poetry in Irish since 1980 when he was first published in the poetry journal Innti which he subsequently edited for a time. Four times winner of the Seán Ó Ríordáin/Oireachtas Award, the premier award for a new collection of poems in Irish, he lived in Australia from 1987 to 1996. His first bilingual collection, Aimsir Bhreicneach/Freckled Weather was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Award for Literary Translation. He was also granted a Writer's Fellowship by the Australia Council in 1995. He is the recipient of the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award 2000, the first poet in Irish to achieve that distinction. His most recent collection agus rud eile de, published by Coiscéim in December 2002, was awarded the Oireachtas prize for the best collection of poems in Irish in 2003.

Cork and Other Poems
From Nicholas Birns' review of Cork and Other Poems, Louis de Paor (Black Pepper Press, 1999). The full text of this review appeared in Antipodes, December 2002.

De Paor (born 1961) is an Irish Gaelic poet who resided for a time in Australia. Here he publishes a bilingual edition of his poems with an Australian press... De Paor's freshness of diction, even, and especially, when using the most transparent language, is stunning: '...and again today the light is soft as butter on bread fresh from the oven/ you could put it in your mouth and let it melt like holy communion on your tongue/ or place it in a jar in the medicine box, a sovereign remedy for the heart...' This is poetry one can read, and re-read, as poetry, not as rhetoric or even as 'verse'. The language is unbelievably simple, yet possesses an equally unbelievable amount of depth.


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