In Dónall Dempsey's first book of poems and prose pieces he first explores in lyrical prose his process of writing poems about memory, birth, death, loss and love. His work is inspired by his... More > experiences as a member of a large family, as a care worker with the elderly and ill, as a carer of children and a lover of women, and as an admirer of innocence. Dónall treats his chosen themes with characteristic tenderness and humanity. With their rich imagery, these poems are meant to be heard as well as read: Dónall Dempsey is a poet who firmly believes in the aural power of words. This is a book to be read and reread, that always offers new insights and opportunities for meditation on the complexities of life and love.< Less
A wordless book - the pictures do all the talking. Follow the tales told by Dónall Dempsey's lens; follow where his sharp eye takes us and with him see the abstract in the neglected, the... More > unexpected in the mundane details of everyday life, the colour and beauty in city streets; stories told on walls and in the sky, and events captured by his camera as if in passing, out of the corner of an eye.< Less
Dónall Dempsey comes from the Curragh of Kildare. Before settling in London in 1986 he lived in Wicklow as Ireland's first Poet in Residence in a secondary school and appeared on RTE with Paul... More > Durcan and John Cooper Clarke. Since then his poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and he has published two other collections in recent years.
The theme of all the 53 poems in "Being Dragged Across the Carpet by the Cat" is death and loss. But Dónall Dempsey's feelings for the importance of time, love and memory, and his sense of the absurd that makes unbearable ideas more bearable, have led to his creating an inspiring, not a morbid, book. With the poet, we learn to know, love, respect and even laugh with the people whose lives and deaths have inspired his words.< Less
85 of Dónall Dempsey's poems about his daughter's early years of exploration of the world and her own perceptions are presented here. Tilly's early awakening awareness of herself and her... More > surroundings were a constant delight to Dónall and though he was not then writing, in these poems he has recovered that feeling of surprise and privilege that he had when watching his little daughter's sense of reasoning and connection with her world as she grew up beside him. These poems are moving, funny, spiritual and observant, by turns and sometimes simultaneously. This is a collection to read over and over, to find with Dónall and Tilly the sense of discovering the world anew.
“Once again we become blind with the seeing of the poet ... become, essentially, children ourselves in the perfectly-visioned childhood perspective of this delightful collection. “ John W. Sexton< Less