Limerick Poet Edward O’Dwyer Launches Second Major Collection
Last night, April 18, poet Edward O’Dwyer hailing from Corbally, launched his second major collection at the Strand Hotel.
The acclaimed poet John W Sexton introduced Edward O’Dwyer’s book, ‘Bad News, Good News, Bad News’, which is published by Salmon Poetry, as was his previous book ‘The Rain On Cruises Street’. While his previous book had darker moments, it was mostly optimistic and cast a positive view on Limerick. O’Dwyer’s latest collection, however, was written during the economic decline in Ireland where many families and individuals were tested by declining fortunes. This setting has created a much darker tone and often evokes a morbid sense to the poems. Edward commented on his contrasting collections stating “After The ‘Rain on Cruise’s Street’, I did get a bit of a reputation as a writer of romantic or lust-filled poetry. I’d have to say that reputation isn’t unfair. These themes are very present and I haven’t dispensed with them here either. However, the lovers in these new poems are frequently burdened.”
Edward O’Dwyer who was selected in 2010 for Poetry Ireland’s Introduction Series, as well as a Hennessy Award and the Desmond O’Grady prize, is an alumnus of Mary Immaculate College. He has been published in many journals throughout the world including the Forward Book of poetry in 2015
Speaking ahead of the launch of this book, Edward said his interest in poetry was ignited through performing at the weekly poetry revival at the White House Bar in Limerick. He said “I improved in my writing and got valuable feedback from established visiting poets,”
Teri Murray, the Lord Edward Street writer, who sadly passed away earlier this year, supported Edward O’Dwyer in pursuing his interest in poetry and furthering a career through poetry. Edward spoke about Teri saying “She was a very unique poet and she used poetry to address what she felt was important and what and who she was passionate about. Passion oozes from her poetry and the words resonate deeply and we saw the evidence of it week in and week out at the White House,”
‘Bad News, Good News, Bad News’ was launched at 7.30pm in the City View Street of the Strand Hotel on Tuesday, April 18. Books, signed by Edward O’Dwyer himself, were available on the night.
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