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A Man Is Only as Good...
(A Pocket Selected Poems)

Pat Boran

Paper $14.00    |    978-0-993172-61-8    |    2018

A Man Is Only As Good . . . is a pocket-sized introduction to the poetry of award-winning Irish poet and writer Pat Boran, drawing on five previous full-length collections and including the late Dennis O’Driscoll’s prose introduction to the poems.

A Man Is Only as Good
A man is only as good
   as what he says to a dog
when he has to get up out of bed
   in the middle of a wintry night
because some damned dog has
     been barking;

and he goes and opens the door
   in his vest and boxer shorts
   and there on the pock-marked
     wasteground
called a playing field out front
he finds the mutt with one paw

raised in expectation
   and an expression that says:
     Thank God
   for a minute there I thought
there was no one awake but me
in this goddamned town.

  A Man Is Only as Good

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