The Man Who Became Poems

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Edward O’Dwyer offers us irreverent and daring meditations on love and transformation in this masterful collection of short stories. His characters playfully inhabit the space between reality and the absurd but O’Dwyer never turns away from a raw and hopeful heart or a desperate struggle for acceptance, and so we are not just entertained, we are deeply moved. O’Dwyer’s sparkling gift of prose shines so brightly here. An audacious, tender, and utterly original collection.

– Gillian O’Shaughnessy


Edward O’Dwyer is a secondary school teacher, poet and fiction writer from Limerick, Ireland. Exquisite Prisons is his third collection of poems from Salmon Poetry. It follows The Rain on Cruise’s Street (2014), which was Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes, and Bad News, Good News, Bad News (2017), which contains the poem, ‘The Whole History of Dancing’, winner of the Best Original Poem award from Eigse Michael Hartnett Festival 2018. He has represented Ireland at Poesiefestival, Berlin, for their European ‘renshi’ project. He took part in Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series, and has been shortlisted for a Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry. His first short story collection, Cheat Sheets, was published by Truth Serum Press in 2018 and features on The Lonely Crowd journal’s ‘Best Books of 2018’ list. His poems and stories have been published in journals and anthologies around the world, both digitally and in print. He is the Poet Laureate of Adare, Co. Limerick, elected by Poetry Ireland as part of their Poetry Town initiative. This is his second collection of stories