Paul Durcan Life is a Dream - Durcan Life is a Dream 40 Years Reading Poems 1967-2007 Harvill Seeker LONDON

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Paul DurcanLife is a Dream40 Years Reading Poems1967-2007Harvill SeekerLONDONContentsForeword xixAcknowledgements xxENDSVILLE (1967)The White Window 3O WESTPORT IN THE LIGHT OF ASIA MINOR (1975)Nessa 7Gate 8 8On a BEA Trident Jet 9Hymn to Nessa 9Le Bal 10O Westport in the Light of Asia Minor 10Phoenix Park Vespers 12In the Springtime of Her Life My Love Cut Off Her Hair 13The Daughters Singing to Their Father 14The Nun's Bath 14Combe Florey 15Please Stay in the Family, Clovis 15Black Sister 16November 30, 1967 17They Say the Butterfly is the Hardest Stroke 17La Terre des Hommes 18Aughawall Graveyard 18Ireland 1972 18The Girl with the Keys to Pearse's Cottage 18Dun Chaoin 19The Day of the Starter 20The Limerickman that Went to the Bad 20The Night They Murdered Boyle Somerville 21Tribute to a Reporter in Belfast, 1974 22Letter to Ben, 1972 23viiTERESA'S BAR (1976)The Difficulty that is MarriageShe Mends an Ancient WirelessTwo in a BoatAnna SwantonWife Who Smashed Television Gets JailTeresa's BarPolycarpLord MayoThe Drover's Path MurderBefore the Celtic YokeWhat is a Protestant, Daddy?The Weeping Headstones of the Isaac BeckettsIn Memory of Those Murdered in the Dublin Massacre,May 1974Mr NewspapersThe BakerThe Archbishop Dreams of the Harlot of RathkealeThe Friary Golf ClubThe Hat FactoryThe Crown of WidowhoodProtestant Old Folks' Coach Tour of the Ring of KerryGoodbye TipperaryThe Kilfenora Teaboy27272828293O32333435363738394040414245454647SAM'S CROSS (1978)Birth of a Coachman 51The Brother 52Fermoy Calling Moscow 52Memoirs of a Fallen Blackbird 53The Lovely Old Pair of Kilmallock 54The Pregnant.Proprietress of the Fish and Chipper 54Parents 55She Transforms the Ruins into a Winter Palace 55Micheal Mac Liammoir 56Lament for Cearbhall 6 Dalaigh 57The Butterfly Collector of Cofofin 59The Death of Constance Purfield 60The Head Transplant 61vmPoetry, a Natural Thing 62The Bus Driver 63Playing Croquet with Fionnuala on the Alpine Lawn 63Backside to the Wind 64Going Home to Mayo, Winter, 1949 66Fat Molly ' 67Making Love Outside Aras an Uachtarain 68The County Engineer 69The Ballet Dancer 70Sister Agnes Writes to Her Beloved Mother 70Ireland 1977 71Irish Hierarchy Bans Colour Photography 71The Married Man Who Fell in Love with a Semi-StateBody 73Two History Professors Found Guilty of Murder 74In Memory: The Miami Showband Massacred 31 July 1975 75National Day of Mourning for Twelve Protestants 76Margaret Thatcher Joins IRA 77JESUS, BREAK HIS FALL (1980)Spitting the Pips Out with the College Lecturer inPhilosophy 81The Hole, Spring, 1980 82Little Old Ladies Also Can Write Poems Such as This PoemWritten in Widow's Blood in a Rented Top-Storey Roomin Downtown Cork 83The Death by Heroin of Sid Vicious 84The Boy Who Was Conceived in the Leithreas 85The Drimoleague Blues 86The Anatomy of Divorce by Joe Commonwealth 87That Propeller I Left in Bilbao 87On Buying a New Pair of Chains for Her Husband 89The Man Whose Name Was Tom-and-Ann 89Tullynoe: Tete-a-Tete in the Parish Priest's Parlour 90En Famille, 1979 91Madman 91Sally 91The Daughter Finds Her Father Dead 91This Week the Court is Sleeping in Loughrea 93Charlie's Mother 94ixFor My Lord Tennyson I Shall Lay Down My Life 95Hopping Round Knock Shrine in the Falling Rain, 1958 96Mr Goldsmith, My Father's Friend 97JUMPING T H E TRAIN TRACKS WITH ANGELA (1983)The Woman Who Keeps Her Breasts in the Back Garden 101Interview for a Job 101Going Home to Meet Sylvia 102Papua, New Guinea 103Michelangelo Road 104Old Lady, Middle Parish 104The Rose of Blackpool 106The Night They Put John Lennon Down 108The Crucifixion Circus, Good Friday, Paris, 1981 109THE BERLIN WALL CAFE (1985)The Haulier's Wife Meets Jesus on the Road Near Moone 11710.30 a.m. Mass, 16 June 1985 121High-Speed Car Wash 123The Day Kerry Became Dublin 124The Man with Five Penises 124Bewley's Oriental Cafe, Westmoreland Street 125The National Gallery Restaurant 126Man Smoking a Cigarette in the Barcelona Metro 127Bob Dylan Concert at Slane, 1984 128The Cabinet Table 129The Feast of St Brigid, Friday the First of February 1985 130Hymn to a Broken Marriage 132"Windfall", 8 Parnell Hill, Cork 132The Jewish Bride 136Around the Corner from Francis Bacon 137Raymond of the Rooftops 139The Pieta's Over 140Wives May Be Coveted But Not by Their Husbands 141The Turkish Carpet . 142The Berlin Wall Cafe 142The Marriage Contract 144At the Funeral of the Marriage 145On Falling in Love with a Salesman in a Shoe Shop 146The Vision of St Hubert 147GOING H O M E T O RUSSIA (1987)The Rape of Europa 151The Poetry Reading Last Night in the Royal Hibernian Hotel 152Cardinal Dies of Heart Attack in Dublin Brothel 154What Shall I Wear, Darling, to The Great Hunger? 154The Late Mr Charles Lynch Digresses 155The Anglo-Irish Agreement, 1986 156The Divorce Referendum, Ireland, 1986 157El Flight 106: New York-Dublin 158A Vision of Africa on the Coast of Kerry 160Martha's Wall 160Doris Fashions 161The Hay-Carrier 162Six Nuns Die in Convent Inferno 163The Beckett at the Gate 168Peredelkino: at the Grave of Pasternak 175Diarrhoea Attack at Party Headquarters in Leningrad 178The Red Arrow 179Bringing Home the Watermelon from Samarkand 180Zina in Murmansk 181Estonian Farewell, 1983 182The Return of Solzhenitsyn 183The Fairy Tale of 1937 183Trauma Junction 185Hymn to My Father 185The Woman with the Keys to Stalin's House 186Going Home to Russia 187John Field's Dressing Gown with Onion Domes and Spires 191xiJohn Field Visits His Seventy-Eight-Year-Old WidowedMother 194DADDY, DADDY (1990)The Centre of the UniverseFelicity in TurinHo Chi MinhThe Deep Supermarket, Next Door to Ajay'sTullamore Poetry RecitalMember of the European ParliamentPutney GarageSeamus Heaney's Fiftieth BirthdayThe Death of the Ayatollah KhomeiniLoosestrife in BallyferriterThe Sign of PeaceLord United Ireland, Christmas 1989PaulThe Christies Foxhunters Chase over Three Miles and TwoFurlongsHommage a CezanneSelf-Portrait, Nude with Steering WheelPhyllis GoldbergThe Dream of LifeReading Primo Levi by the Family Fireside at Evening1971991992 0 02 0 22032042062072 1 02 1 22132152162172182192 2 12 2 1Nights in the Gardens of Clare 223The One-Armed Crucifixion 231Study of a Figure in a Landscape, 1952 231Fjord 233The Persian Gulf 233Crinkle, Near Birr 235Life-Saving 237Ulysses 238Sport 241Apartheid 242xiiStellar Manipulator 243Bare Feet 245The Mayo Accent 247Dovecote 247Micky Donnelly's Hat 249Antwerp, 1984 250The Two Little Boys at the Back of the Bus 252Poem Not Beginning with a Line by Pindar 254Geronimo 255"The Dream in the Peasant's Bent Shoulders" 259Cot 260Glocca Morra 261Mortuary 263Bank Clerk 265Kierkegaard's Morning Walk in Copenhagen 268Chips 269The Repentant Peter 270Our Father 271CRAZY ABOUT WOMEN (1991)The Virgin and Child 277The Separation of the Apostles 278The Holy Family with St John 280The Veneration of the Eucharist 281The Levite and His Concubine at Gibeah 283The Riding School 285The Dilettanti 286Bishop Robert Clayton and His Wife Katherine 287Joseph Leeson 289The Earl of Bellamont 289Mrs Congreve with Her Children 291Marguerite in Church , 292Boy Eating Cherries 293Man Walking the Stairs 293Draughts 297In the Tram 298Flower Girl, Dublin 300Grief 302xinA SNAIL IN MY PRIME (1993)My Beloved Compares Herself to a Pint of Stout 307A Spin in the Rain with Seamus Heaney 308Faith Healer 310The Toll Bridge 313My Daughter Siabhra in Moscow, 19 August 1991 317Father's Day, 21 June 1992 318A Cold Wind Blew in from Lake Geneva 320A Snail in My Prime 322GIVE ME YOUR HAND (1994)The Adoration of the Kings 327The Presentation in the Temple 33lThe Arnolfini Marriage 333The Death of Actaeon 334Samson and Delilah I 336Cardinal Richelieu 337The Rokeby Venus 338Mr and Mrs Andrews 339Exhibition of a Rhinoceros in Venice 340The Painter's Daughters Chasing a Butterfly 341General Sir Banastre Tarleton 343A Cornfield with Cypresses 344Portrait of Greta Moll 346Leisure 348The Mantelpiece 349A GOOSE IN THE FROST (1995)A Goose in the Frost 353CHRISTMAS DAY (1996)from Christmas Day 359GREETINGS TO OUR FRIENDS IN BRAZIL (1999)Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil 367Recife Children's Project, 10 June 1995 375Self-Portrait '95 376xivThe Last Shuttle to RioSamambaiaThe Geography of Elizabeth BishopThe Daring Middle-Aged Man on the Flying TrapezeJack LynchThe Chicago Waterstone'sRemote ControlDirty Day DerryIsland Musician Going HomeThistlesOctober Break (Lovers)Man Circling His Woman's SundialThe Only Isaiah Berlin of the Western WorldKaramazov in RingsendNotes Towards a Necessary SuicidePaddy DwyerCissy Young'sTea-Drinking with the GodsAshplant, New Year's Eve, 1996We Believe in HurlingSurely My God is KavanaghOn First Hearing News of Patrick KavanaghWaterloo RoadPatrick Kavanagh at Tarry Flynn, the Abbey Theatre, 1967The King of CatsThe Stoning of Francis StuartDancing with Brian FrielAt the Funeral Mass in Tang and the Burial Afterwards inShrule of Dr Hugh M. DrummondMother in AprilThe Bloomsday Murders, 16 June 1997Rainy Day Doorway, Poyntzpass, 6 March 1998North and SouthPolitics56 Ken Saro-Wiwa ParkMohangi's IslandTravel Anguish3763783793803823833863883883893923933963983994 0 0403404406406409411412414416417424427429434314 3 !432434436437Omagh 439xvReal Inishowen Girl 447Meeting the President, 31 August 1995 448The Mary Robinson Years 452CRIES OF AN IRISH CAVEMAN (2001)Give Him Bondi 457On Giving a Poetry Recital to an Empty Hall 472Auntie Gerry's Favourite Married Nephew Seamus 472Homage to Tracey Emin 473Donal 474The 24,000 Islands of Stockholm 478The Bunnacurry Scurry 479New Year's Eve, 1999 482Charles Brady's Irish Painter 484Murphy's Farewell 484The Death of the Mother of the Dalai Lama 485Night-Elegy for Therese Cronin 486In Memoriam Sister Mary Magdalena, Martyr (1910-99) 487Early Christian Ireland Wedding Cry 489Cries of an Irish Caveman 492The Lamb in the Oven 497Torn in Two 497My Bride of Aherlow 498Bovinity 499THE ART OF LIFE (2004)The Man with a Bit of Jizz in Him 503xviGolden Island Shopping Centre 504A Robin in Autumn Chatting at Dawn 505The Far Side of the Island 506Achill Island Man 507Ireland 2002 508HEADLINES 508The Celtic Tiger 509Asylum Seeker 511The Westport Ethiopian 512The Beautiful Game 513The Wisdom of Ex-WivesThe 2003 World Snooker ChampionshipMichael Hartnett, the Poet King 516The 12 O'Clock Mass, Roundstone, County Galway,28 July 2002 516Rosie Joyce 518The Art of Life 522Aldeburgh October Storm 523The Old Man and the Conference 525Tarnowo Podgorne 526A Poet in Poland 527Raftery in Tokyo 528On the Road to the Airport, Northern Hokkaido 529Checkout Girl . 529Facing Extinction 530THE LAUGHTER OF MOTHERS (2007)The Story of Ireland 533Mrs Barrington-Stuart's Version of What Happened 534In the Shopping Spree on the Last Sunday before Christmas 534Death on Strand Road 536Lecarrow Harbour 538Achill Island Girl 540A View of the Bridge 541The Waterford Relays - 542Little Girl Watering on the Sands 542At the Grave of My Aunt Sara Mary, Turlough, County Mayo 543xviiKneeling at the Last Wave 546Badgers 546Women of Athens 548Greek Woman of High Standing 549Epistemology 550The Moment of Return 550Walking with Professor Dillon in the Old Agora in Athens 551Par for the Course 554The MacBride Dynasty 555Major John MacBride's Early Morning Breakfast 556Treasure Island 556Philadelphia, Here I Come 558The Wrong Box 560The Gallows Tree 561Daughters of the Civil War 562Little Old Lady 563Golden Mothers Driving West 564My Mother's Secret 565Notes 567Glossary of Irish Words and Phrases 569Index of Titles 571Index of First Lines 579xviu