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The Oomph of Quicksilver

Rogha Danta / Selected Poems 1970-1998

Michael Davitt


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A dual language collection of poetry by one of the most vibrant and innovative Irish language poets.

Michael Davitt is a very well known Irish writer and broadcaster. He founded the poetry broadsheet and journal Innti, and was a central figure in a new movement in Gaelic poetry in the 1970's. He became a friend of Sean O Riordain, to who's metaphysical wit he gave a sharp vernacular edge. Davitt was also influenced by the linguistic virtuosity of the American e.e. cummings, the Beat poets and American popular culture. His poems have a wide-awake conscience that holds a mirror to contemporary Irish society, while his poems about and for people he admires capture their force and vitality.

This is the first time Davitt's poems have appeared together in a single volume, and the translations were carefully worked by a number of leading Irish poets including Brendan Kennelly, Paul Muldoon, and John Montague.

Students of Irish poetry and poetry lovers alike will enjoy this selection.

Cork University Press, 9781859182482, 120pp.

Publication Date: June 30, 2000