Paul Durcan

(1944 / Dublin)

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Paul Durcan (born 16 October 1944) is a contemporary Irish poet.
Durcan was born and grew up in Dublin and in Turlough, County Mayo. His father, John, was a barrister and circuit court judge; father and son had a difficult and formal relationship. Durcan enjoyed a warmer and more natural relationship with his mother, Sheila MacBride Durcan, through whom he is a great-nephew of both Maud Gonne, muse of WB Yeats and Irish social and political activist, and John MacBride, one of the leaders of the Easter Rising, which began the Irish War of Independence leading to the foundation of the Irish state.
He studied law and economics at University College Dublin.While at college, Durcan was ... more »

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  • Bill Wright (9/9/2016 8:50:00 AM)

    I read the works of Paul Durcan for A Level 20 years ago. Unfortunately none of the poems I read are listed on this site. If you get a chance try to find the following which are all very good:
    Priest accused of not wearing a condom
    Martha's Wall
    At the Funeral of the Marriage
    Crinkle, near Birr
    Chips
    Antwerp,1984

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Why should a foolish marriage vow

Dear Nessa - Now that our marriage is over
I would like you to know that, if I could put back the clock
Fifteen years to the cold March day of our wedding,
I would wed you again and, if that marriage also broke,
I would wed you yet again and, if it a third time broke,
Wed you again, and again, and again, and again, and again:
If you would have me which, of course, you would not.
For, even you - in spite of your patience and your innocence
(Strange characteristics in an age such as our own)
- Even you require to shake off the addiction of romantic love
And seek, ...

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