Gerard Smyth is inescapgsmyth1ably a poet of the inward city. His city is one in which every day comes as news: a city of endless stories, of streets and neighbourhoods rich with associations, and a city of early memories. He gives us a city of found objects and found connections…

– O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award citation

Gerard Smyth has achieved a hard-won grace and fluency over many years and now writes with controlled passion and lyrical intensity, the result of a dedication to the truth of poetry that has involved a steady pilgrimage. If the work began with a dismal view of human living, imaged through inner city Dublin, it is the spare language and affectionate, though unsparing, knowledge of contemporary life, combined with unobstrusive faith in human possibility, that give the later poems a relevance, a music and a depth unique to the poetry of our time. The Mirror Tent offers poems that are mature and accomplished, their surface beauty offering, to a more concentrated reading, a depth and unselfconscious wisdom for which we must truly grateful.

– John F. Deane


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  1. Dear Gerard,
    thanks again for meeting me on Monday, I enjoyed our chat.
    Your Irishman’s Diary piece on Ledwidge is excellent and
    will be useful for introducing Ledwidge in a concise way to
    those with scant knowledge of him. I am also very grateful
    for your Canon Ellison article on local fifteenth century
    history and intend to investigate this further.
    Kind regards,

    Gerard, I sent the above email to you yesterday and it was returned undelivered. It must be a problem with my security.


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