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If you know where you are, you know who you are

The intersection of place and poetry is celebrated in the 2014 Dublin: One City One Book initiative, now in its ninth year.  Led by the city’s public libraries, it encourages everyone to read a book connected with Dublin during the month of April. This year’s choice is an anthology of poetry: If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song. Edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth, this big, bold book invites readers to take a virtual tour of Dublin, down its streets broad and narrow.  Anthologized in three sections – The Liffeyside, The Northside, and The Southside – the poems and songcelebrating the places and people of Dublin’s fair city. All the landmarks are there: Bewleys. Molly Malone, the GPO. Grafton Street. The Book of Kells. O’Connell Street. Trinity College. The Ha’penny Bridge. The Liffey. Temple Bar.

Just in time for today, on what would have been Seamus Heaney’s 75th birthday, my copy of If Ever you Go . . . arrived in the mail. And right there on page 279, a previously unpublished gem – “Dublin 4.” In an instant, I am young again, back on the DART, headed to Bray . . .

To read my article, visit  IrishCentral.com . . .

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