ISBN 9781846559716,The Days of Surprise

The Days of Surprise


Paul Durcan


Random House



Random House

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9781846559716

ISBN-10 1846559715


Number of Pages 176 Pages
Language (English)


Paul Durcan never imagined he would be clasped by a woman again, but life is full of surprises! After all, would it surprise you to learn that at the US Ambassadors Residence in Dublin his libido almost destroyed the Peace Process? There is a new Pope, too, a man of constant surprise, although in St Peters Square Durcan encounters a monk wholly lacking in the Holy Spirit.
Elsewhere he muses upon the pre-crucifixion scenario of being prepared for surgery, the gift of a malacca cane, the joy of retail therapy, the horror that is wheel-clamping, the starry mystique of the weather forecaster Jean Byrne, suicide, bird-watching, stammering, art, Mayo, New York City, New Zealand, murder in Syria and the commemoration of 1916. Perhaps the greatest surprise is the voice of the late Seamus Heaney coming down his chimney: Are you all right down there, Poet Durcan? The Days of Surprise is proof that the great poet of contemporary Ireland is in fine fettle.
About the Author: Paul Durcan
Paul Durcan was born in Dublin in 1944. His books include Endsville (1967), The Berlin Wall Caf (a Poetry Book Society Choice in 1985), Daddy, Daddy (winner of the Whitbread Award for Poetry in 1990), A Snail in My Prime (1993), The Art of Life (2004), The Laughter of Mothers (2007), Life is a Dream (2009) and Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being (2012). In 2001 Paul Durcan received a Cholmondeley Award. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2004 to 2007. He was conferred with a DLitt by Trinity College Dublin in 2009 and by University College Dublin in 2011. He is a member of Aosd na.