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Nights Without Stars, Days Without Sun

Nights Without Stars, Days Without Sun

by Conleth O'Connor

with a foreword by Anthony Cronin

Conleth O'Connor was one of Ireland's most distinctive and experimental poets until his premature death in 1993, dissecting the realities of modern Irish life in four acclaimed collections. Born in 1947, he grew up in Camolin, Co. Wexford, where his family had its roots and in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, he made middle-class Dublin suburbia a territory peculiarly his own in books like Trinities and A Corpse Auditions Its Mourners.

Nights Without Stars, Days Without Sun is a collection of O'Connor's best work — characteristically bleak and quite uncompromising in its readiness to deal with human misery and despair — along with a selection of poems he wrote before he died.

O'Connor's music is the clack of the clatterbones, the swish of the scythe; tunes whistled on a deckchair by an open grave. There are times when these verses are truly terrifying.

Patrick McCabe

60 pages
ISBN 1-900072-05-X
Published January 1997

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