Serious, often grave, but inculcated with such sympathy and passion and affection that any obscurity is the enemy. It’s as if what Gerald Dawe has to tell us is so vital that clarity — such a virtue — is a moral matter.
— Richard Ford
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Gerald Dawe was born in Belfast in 1952 and educated at the University of Ulster and University College Galway where he taught for many years. In 1988 he moved to Trinity College Dublin where he is a Fellow and Professor of English (Emeritus). He has also held visiting professorships at Boston College and Villanova University in the United States as well as being Visiting Scholar at the Moore Institute, NUI, Galway and Pembroke College, Cambridge.
His first collection of poems,Sheltering Places(Blackstaff) was published in 1978. His second collection,The Lundys Letter(1985), published by The Gallery Press, was awarded the Macaulay Fellowship in Literature. Other awards include Arts Council Bursaries for Poetry, the Hawthornden International Writers’ Fellowship, the Ledig-Rowholt International Writers’ Award and Moore Institute Fellowship.
He has published various prose collections including Of War and War’s Alarms(2015), The Wrong Country (2018) and the trilogy Northern Chronicles (2017-2021). His other publications include The Night Fountain: Selected Early Poems of Salvatore Quasimodo (with Marco Sonzogni), Earth Voices Whispering: Irish war poetry, 1914-1945 (both 2008) andEthna MacCarthy Poems (with Eoin O’Brien, 2019). He lives in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin.
‘These poems are a joy to read. Concise, never wasteful of word nor emotion, they have heft that belies their brevity. They are intense and are alive in their telling craft – a craft which manifests itself in the careful assembly of sounds and pace within the poems.’
— Patrick Lodge reviewing The Last Peacock (Agenda).
The Last Peacock celebrates the lives of family and friends while viewing with a questioning and ironic eye the present-day world of conflict and crisis from his ‘eyrie’ in south County Dublin and from the River Lagan following his return to his native Belfast.
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