Famous for his electrifying poetry readings, Paul Durcan marks four decades of composing silently and reciting aloud with a magnificent new collection, Life is a Dream: Forty Years of Reading Poems 1967– 2007, which brings together for the first time the critically acclaimed poet’s own choice of his work from his first book, Endsville (1967), to The Laughter of Mothers (2007). Durcan is by turns a surrealist, a mystic, an Irish comedian with perfect comic timing and an angry champion of the oppressed. He is one of the most powerful, humane and original voices in modern poetry.