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Poetry Books

Collected Poems (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2017)
Update (Anvil Press [UK edition], 2014 / Copper Canyon Press [US Edition], 2015)
(no image available) All the Living (Traffic Street Press, Minnesota, 2008, limited edition chapbook)

Reality Check (Anvil Press [UK edition] , 2007 / Copper Canyon Press [US edition], 2008) [Shortlisted for the Irish Times / Poetry Now Prize 2008.]
The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry: Volume 1 (Wake Forest University Press, USA, 2005), with others
(no image available) 50 O’Clock (Happy Dragons Press, UK, 2005, limited edition chapbook)
New and Selected Poems (Anvil Press, 2004)
[Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.]
Exemplary Damages (Anvil Press, 2002)
Weather Permitting (Anvil Press, 1999)
[Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Prize 2001.]
(no image available) Quality Time (Anvil Press, 1997)
(no image available) The Bottom Line (Dedalus Editions, 1994, limited edition chapbook)
Long Story Short (Anvil Press/Dedalus Press, 1993)
(no image available) Five Irish Poets (White Pine Press, New York/Dedalus Press, 1990), with others
(no image available) Hidden Extras (Anvil Press, London/Dedalus Press, Dublin, 1987)
(no image available) Kist (Dolmen Press, 1982)


Other Books

A Michael Hamburger Reader (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2017)
Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney (Faber and Faber [UK], 2008; Farrar, Straus, Giroux [USA], 2008)
(no image available) Quote Poet Unquote: Contemporary Quotations on Poets and Poetry (Copper Canyon Press, 2008)
The Bloodaxe Book of Poetry Quotations(Bloodaxe Books, 2006)
[US version, Quote Poet Unquote, due 2008, Copper Canyon Press]
Troubled Thoughts, Majestic Dreams: Selected Prose Writings (Gallery Press, 2001)
(no image available) As the Poet Said: Poetry Pickings and Writings edited by Tony Curtis from Dennis O’Driscoll’s Poetry Ireland Review columns (Poetry Ireland, 1997)


Poems published in the following periodicals:

Agenda, Atlanta Review, Columbia, The Echo-Room, Five Points, Harvard Review, The Irish Times, Irish University Review, James Joyce Bloomsday Magazine, London Magazine, London Review of Books, Metre, New England Review, New Hibernia Review, New Ohio Review, The New Republic, New Statesman, The North, Oxford Poetry, The Paris Review, Parnassus, PN Review, Poetry (Chicago), Poetry International, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London, Poetry Review, Princeton University Library Chronicle, Quadrant, The Recorder, Sibila, The Southern Review, The Spectator, The Sunday Independent, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Tribune, Thumbscrew, Times Literary Supplement, TriQuarterly, The Yale Review.


  • Lannan Literary Award, Lannan Foundation (New Mexico), 1999
  • E.M. Forster Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters (New York), 2005
  • O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, Center for Irish Studies, University of St Thomas (Minnesota), 2006
  • Elected to membership of Aosdána, the Irish Academy of Artists, 2006
  • Elected to honorary membership of the Royal Hibernian Academy, 2008
  • Arts Council Literature Bursaries, 1985, 1996, 2004 and 2009
  • Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award, 2009
  • Honorary doctorate in literature, awarded by University College, Dublin, 2009



  • Poetry International (Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London)
  • Kilkenny Arts Festival
  • Dublin Writers’ Festival
  • Between the Lines (Belfast)
  • Hay-on-Wye Festival of Literature
  • Oxford University Poetry Society
  • Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
  • Ledbury Poetry Festival
  • Cúirt (Galway)
  • Harvard University Poetry Room
  • Lannan Foundation Readings and Conversations
  • Yeats Summer School
  • Clifden Arts Week
  • Aspects (Bangor)
  • Cuisle (Limerick)
  • Bristol Poetry Festival
  • Birmingham Book Festival
  • Wigtown Book Festival
  • Miami International Book Fair
  • Vilenica International Literary Festival (Slovenia)
  • Éigse Festival (Cork)
  • Ovidius Festival of Literature (Romania)
  • Franco-Irish Literary Festival
  • Nisan Poetry Festival, Maghar
  • Struga Poetry Evenings
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]
  • StAnza Poetry Festival
  • Berlin International Literature Festival
  • Dresden Literaturforum
  • IASIL Japan
  • Library for the Performing Arts (Lincoln Center, New York)
  • Arvon Foundation
  • Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere
  • ‘Poetry on the Road’, Bremen
  • Kinsale Arts Week
  • Days of Poetry and Wine (Slovenia)

Criticism and Reviews

Hundreds of essays and reviews in major Irish, UK, US and Australian publications, including Parnassus, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Harvard Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Irish Times, London Magazine and Poetry Book Society Bulletin.



  • Readings on RTE Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, National Public Radio (USA).
  • Paris Review interview with Les Murray, Spring 2005.
  • Former editor, Poetry Ireland Review.