Paul Durcan

(1944 / Dublin)

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  • Brenda Walsh (11/1/2018 3:58:00 PM)

    Curious now. I want to read 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

Best Poem of Paul Durcan

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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