Today's poem is "Deserves"
from Bad News, Good News, Bad News

Salmon Poetry

Edward O'Dwyerwas born in Limerick in 1984, where he currently lives and writes. His first collection of poetry, The Rain on Cruise's Street, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2014, from which work was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2015. His work features in many journals and anthologies worldwide and has been nominated for Forward, Pushcart and Best of the Web prizes. In 2010 he was selected by Poetry Ireland for their Introductions Series. He has been shortlisted for a Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry, the Desmond O'Grady Prize, and the North West Words Prize on three occasions, among others. In 2012, he was selected to represent Ireland at Poesiefestival in Berlin in their European 'renshi' project. He has read at venues and events such as Cúirt International Festival of Literature, the Irish Writers' Centre, Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival, the Villanova Literary Festival (Slovenia), Over the Edge, O Bhéal, and many more. He has edited two anthologies of poetry for community publisher Revival Press — Sextet (2010) and Sextet 2 (2016). Bad News, Good News, Bad News is his second collection of poetry.

Books by Edward O'Dwyer:

Other poems on the web by Edward O'Dwyer:
Three poems
Five poems
Three poems
"My Best Friend Sammy"
Two poems
Three poems
Three poems
"The Death of Sean Bean"
"The Matter of a Dedicated Gardener's Death"
"First Rejection"

About Bad News, Good News, Bad News:

"These vigorous poems tackle the world head-on, questioning our perception of what is real and what is mere fabrication. In scenes snatched from personal relationships, from popular culture, the internet and religion, O'Dwyer displays a timeless creative sensibility expressed through a twenty-first century voice."
—Eileen Sheehan

"In Edward O'Dwyer's second poetry collection, we find astute and betimes piercing images of love and loneliness, loss and finitude, as well as humour, tenderness, and satirical shafts against social follies and general daftness. Here I see a poet from a younger generation finding steady feet on the same road that poets have trod mightily in the past, the scenic route to epiphany."
—Ciaran O'Driscoll

"In his first acclaimed poetry collection, The Rain on Cruise's Street, Edward O'Dwyer writes '[t]hings are always changing, this is something you'll see.' The line is a harbinger of things to come in this new collection filled with the swirl of the personal and historical. These are poems that speak of desire for and estrangement from the beloved and the beloved country. The tension between the ecstatic and horrific that O'Dwyer evokes in these poems is precisely why I turn to poetry: His vision of Ireland grants me the courage to see from the vantage point of any country and history I inhabit."
—Sandy Yannone

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