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In This Life

In This Life
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  • In This Life by Micheal O'Loughlin


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Michael O’Loughlin, one of the most important poets of his generation, was born in Dublin in 1958. He has been among the most arresting voices in Irish poetry since his debut, Stalingrad: The Street Dictionary, in 1980.

In this new collection – his first for over a decade – he brings a new sensibility to bear on the disturbing realities of the Ireland he found on his return from abroad. He does so firstly through poems in his own voice, but, in a series of poems ostensibly translated from the Latvian, he also employs the voice of a fictional Latvian poets, Mikelis Norgelis, an immigrant to Ireland. Mikelis is not just an outside observer of Irish life and culture, he brings his own historical baggage.

In This Life is another kind another of homecoming for a poet described by The Poetry Review (London) as ‘A writer of intense power [with] poems of force, strength and surge.’

From the reviews of Another Nation: New and Selected Poems

‘Something new is happening here and knows that it is happening. O’Loughlin manages to ride the surge discourse and histories in order to arrive in the free literate domain of the achieved poem.’ – Seamus Heaney, Irish Literary Supplement

‘One of the most neglected Irish poets: poems written from his long exile in Amsterdam, meditations on the ruins of Europe, on history and exile; the tone wry and exact.’ – Colm Tóinín, The Guardian, Books of the Year



Michael O’Loughlin


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Weight .95 g
Dimensions .215 × .139 × .10 mm


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