Edward O'Dwyer (b. 1984 in Limerick, Ireland) is published widely in journals and anthologies throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. In 2007, Revival Press published a slim volume of his poems, Oboe. He was selected in 2010 by Poetry Ireland for their Introductions Series and the same year edited the anthology Sextet for Revival Press, and read in Ljubljana, Slovenia, thanks to funding by Culture Ireland. Since then he has been shortlisted for the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry, the Millwheel Writers Prize, and the Desmond O'Grady Award, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He also recently got to represent Ireland at the Poesiefestival, Berlin, 2012 in their European 'renshi' project. His first full collection, The Rain on Cruise's Street, is forthcoming from Salmon Press.
Poem for Someone of
no Particular Importance
Though never awarded the Nobel Prize
and never shook a president's hand;
though no calendar or street
survives your name
that made the local papers
for nothing more than death,
still i-t shouldn't be thought
a life of nothing noteworthy at all
doesn't deserve a poem in dedication
at the least, something of a beginning
that skips abruptly to an end.