1972-; b. Dublin; author of The Drowning of the Saints (2003), début poetry
collection from 1998 Hennessy New Irish Writer; James Michener fellow of creative writing, Miami Univ.; poetry fellow, Houston, Texas; and 2002 Listowel Poetry prizewinner; writer in residence, Co. Longford Co. Council, 2002; writer in residence, University of Ulster, 2004-2006; issued The Orchard Keeper (2006); issued The Last Falcon and Small Ordinance (2010); issued Gunpodwer Valentine (20140; lives in Dublin.
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The Drowning of the Saints (Co. Clare: Salmon Poetry 2003),
80pp. [incls. poems Rhapsody with Owl; The Walk, after Chagall; To Dexter Above, et al.]; The Orchard Keeper (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2006), 64pp.; The Last Falcon and Small Ordinance (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2010), 90pp.; Gunpowder Valentine (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2014), qpp.
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Also ed., with Nuala Ní Chomchúir, Best of Irish poetry 2009 / Scoth na hÉigse (Cork: Southword Wdns. 2008), 118pp.; trans., 108 moons: the selected poems of Jurga Ivanauskaite, Jurga Ivanauskaite, translated from the Lithuanian by Paul Perry & Ruta Suchodolskyte (Dublin: TAF Publishing; Workshop Press 2010), xiii, 60pp.
Reviews incl. Accepting the gift, review of The Essential Brendan Kennelly, in The Irish Times, 7 May 2011, Weekend Review, p.11 [see extract under Kennelly - supra]
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Fred Johnston, review of The Drowning of the Saints, in Books Ireland (April 2004), pp.89-90 [a real poetic find; James McAuley, ‘Giving image pride of place, review of The Orchid Keeper [with poetry of Tom Mac Intyre, Kerry Hardie and Robert Welch], in The Irish Times (16 Dec. 2006), Weekend [see extract]; Eamon Grennan, review of The Last Falcon [... &c.], with other works, in The Irish Times (7 Aug. 2010), Weekend, p.13 [see extract.]
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James McAuley, ‘Giving image pride of place, review of The Orchid Keeper [with poetry of Tom Mac Intyre, Kerry Hardie and Robert Welch], in The Irish Times (16 Dec. 2006), Weekend: Some of Paul Perrys new work, meanwhile, appears on the page as if texted to the reader - smooth smooth /
smooth enough to soothe /
and clean a wound /
almost - though most of the 21 poems in this fascinating second collection are closer to the orthodox, often playfully so. Towing an Iceberg to Belfast takes up four pages with one-line, one-word double-shifted stanzas with a couplet or two, then six staggered lines, then a set of quatrains, then all of the above in a mix - cunningly contrived to suggest comic exertion, until At last / The city/ Exhales an icy breath. / In The Lady with the Coronet of Jasmine, the first-person speaker is Gladstone. The struggle between Christian orthodoxy and the Freudian libido is a strikingly successful use of the dramatic monologue. At 81 tercets, it is also courageously long in the era of the short personal lyric. Although Perry also includes a pair of epistolary prose-poems - arrgh! - most poetry readers will savour this slim but rich offering, and will likely read it through again before leaving it down.
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Eamon Grennan, review of The Last Falcon [... &c.], with other works, in The Irish Times (7 Aug. 2010), Weekend, p.13: Perry creates a poetry of hope [...] remaining a little distance from passionate engagement, yet pulsing quietly with feeling [...] when Perrys minor key surrealism invades poems without genuine emotional need or ignition they are less successful.