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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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He steps out into frost,
into stifling cold,
sees the land is a pallid, sad face
looking listlessly back at him;

and realises
nothing is unusual
in the trudge
through charcoal slush;

in the near slip
on an ice-patch,
in the dry crack of bone
each foot-step;

least of all the cheer
of garden Christmas lights
another year in the attic.