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Praise in Which I Live and Breathe and Have my Being by Paul Durcan. Harvill Secker, €14. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

5th May, 2012
Paul Durcan: looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary. Photo: Laughlin McKee

Praise in Which I Live and Breathe and Have my Being by Paul Durcan


Paul Durcan's voice is so much a part of the Irish airwaves that it can be difficult to read his poems without hearing his distinctive, indelible chant, and to separate the words on the page from how they might be publicly performed. If Durcan's style of delivery is familiar, perhaps even too familiar, then so are many of the poems in...

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