By Paul Durcan
Paul Durcan by no means imagined he will be clasped through a lady back, yet lifestyles is stuffed with surprises! in the end, would it not shock you to benefit that on the US Ambassador’s place of abode in Dublin his libido virtually destroyed the Peace technique? there's a new Pope, too, a ‘man of continuous surprise’, even if in St Peter’s sq. Durcan encounters a monk absolutely missing within the Holy Spirit.
Elsewhere he muses upon the ‘pre-crucifixion situation’ of being ready for surgical procedure, the reward of a malacca cane, the enjoyment of retail remedy, the horror that's wheel-clamping, the ‘starry mystique’ of the elements forecaster Jean Byrne, suicide, bird-watching, stammering, artwork, Mayo, long island urban, New Zealand, homicide in Syria and the commemoration of 1916. possibly the best shock is the voice of the past due Seamus Heaney coming down his chimney: ‘Are you alright down there, Poet Durcan?’ The Days of Surprise is evidence that the nice poet of up to date eire is in positive fettle.