O'Dwyer has published poetry in prose in journals in Ireland and Britain. In 2005 he won a Hennessy/Sunday Tribune New Irish Writing Award. He holds a PhD in paradigms of memory formation in the hippocampus from Trinity College Dublin. He is currently working on a documentary about the town of Gonaives in Haiti.
[ poetry - november 08 ]
[ places - october 08 ]
"Governments sink as often as the sun, and during the night there's always a purge. Somehow the Xaragua has managed to avoid it all. Immunity however, usually comes with a jab of the disease."
[ places - june 08 ]
"Despite Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the heart in the seventeenth century, blood letting went on for another three hundred years."
In Greek legend a chimere is a fearful, fire-belching monster with a lion's head, a goat's body and a serpent's tail. For Haitians it means a gangster.
[ fiction - april 08 ]
"The birds are the most intelligent species, being distant relatives of the gods."
In Haiti, "unemployment is running at around 80%, corruption is so much a part of life that they might well hand out MBAs in it, and gangs like the Cannibal Army and the Little Machete Army still control the red zones."
[ people - march 08 ]
From wasted love to beer barrels.
[ fiction - february 08 ]
"In my experience of science, the vast majority of field workers are unimaginative drones. I should know, I am one of them. "
[ poetry - february 08 ]
[ places - april 07 ]
In towns and cities where we sleep alongside millions the notion doesn’t arise. But out here where there is nobody, we’re terrified of seeing a single man, precisely because there’s nobody else. For why would anybody be out here if he wasn’t reeling around the mercury sands with an idiot grin that changes to a grimace as soon as he sees the tent?
[ poetry - october 06 ]
[ fiction - june 06 ]
A very short story.
[ bookreviews ]
A scholarly and poetic book about language.
[ places - april 06 ]
Paraguay has few attractions, which is an attraction in itself. Depending on who you ask, it is poor, dangerous or boring.
[ bookreviews ]
A botany of forking paths.
[ places - january 06 ]
An aimless journey that started in Carcassonne and ended in Milan.
[ people - december 05 ]
"Dexter Gordon said that the best thing that ever happened to him was getting busted for possession of heroin."
[ poetry - december 05 ]
"The old town had capsized under the approaching dunes some twenty years ago and now sand was beginning to spill over the walls of the new village."
[ people - may 05 ]
I had great admiration for Alexandra because she slept so much.
[ people - april 05 ]
"It is unclear whether Aranzio was trying to describe a bottle nose dolphin, a silkworm, a coiled caterpillar, a sea horse or a dragon."
[ fiction - march 05 ]
"I drew my knife and laughed aloud. He spat on the ground. We know that this is how it is done. We have seen this ritual how many times?"
[ places - february 05 ]
"The council had put up a plaque for Hitler a long time ago. Years later they planted trees around it so no one could see the plaque."
[ poetry - january 05 ]
[ fiction - october 04 ]
"I couldn't live for an instant if I did not lie. It is how I survive."