Famous for his electrifying poetry reading, Paul Durcan marks four decades of composing silently and reading aloud with this magnificent collection, which brings together for the first time the critical acclaimed poets own choice of his work from his first book Endsville (1967), to The Laughter of Mothers (2007). Life is a Dream represents the whole range of Durcan's writings- funny, subversive verses nativities and self mocking poems of underachievement, poems celebrating love and sex or the lives of famous writers and artists as well as tender, poignant verse commemorating the dead.
Throughout his career, Durcan has continued to make passionate and moving poetry out of his own life and his country's misfortune. He is by turns a surrealist, a mystic an Irish comedian with perfect comic timing and an angry champion of the oppressed . Life is a Dream reaffirms the consent vision and artist integrity of one of the most powerful humane and original voices in modern poetry.