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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


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.

Edward O'Dwyer

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The car stereo plays
every sad song ever written
on the endless drive
to nowhere in particular,
and the DJ fails to mention
with each one
just how the guy singing knows you
and what happened between us.
I want to know
how this Neil Young managed
to see it coming
a good decade before we were born
when I never saw it
until I'd already hit it
at speed.