About the Author – Pádraig J. Daly was born in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford in 1943 and works as an Augustinian priest in Dublin. He has published several collections of poetry, among them The Last Dreamers: New & Selected Poems (1999), The Other Sea (2003), Afterlife (2010) and God in Winter (2015). His translations include a selection from the Italian of Edoardo Sanguineti, Libretto (1999), which feature in The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry, and Paolo Ruffilli’s Joy and Mourning (reissued 2007), among others. Daly comments: “I write poetry as a way of understanding, questioning and celebrating God and the world.” “Daly offers the most sustained attempt at serious religious poetry in Ireland and the distinct pleasure of the exquisite use of language.” — John F. Deane
The language of Daly’s poetry is pared down, stripped bare, distilled to its essence, and there is not one unnecessary word, not one single distraction from either the ideas themselves or their poetic expression.
– Madeleine Lombard, “The Furrow”
In a limpid, luminous style, couched in simple accessible language and presenting as little more than fragments, Daly penetrates to the core of reality.
– Brendan Hoban
Poems of depth and harmony, a voice that resounds.
– Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, “The Irish Times”
A poetry whose complex simplicity we would do well to read with attention.
– Fiona Sampson, “Poetry Wales”
An interior journey marked out in exceptionally honest and moving terms … a quiet music, distinctly hard to emulate.
– John F. Deane, “In Dogged Loyalty”