Paul Durcan was born in Dublin in 1944. His collectionsinclude The Berlin Wall Cafe (1985) and Going Home to Russia (1987). This poem originally appeared in The Selected Paul Durcan (Blackstaff, 1982). It is the fourth of a series of five poems taken from the new anthology The Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry edited by Peter Fallon & Derek Mahon, price pounds 7.99.
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