This collection of poems brings together two of Conor O'Callaghan's beloved and widely praised books. The History Of Rain (1993) is united by an awareness of elemental forces, of how those forces can influence experience, and by the poet's constant need to arrest moments when history and the individual glance against each other. Its remarkable successor Seatown (1999) centres around a cluster of poems which draws upon the oldest section of the poet’s home town, Dundalk. They offer at once an unblinkered view of the everyday reality of that place and an unqualified hymn to its rundown charms.
Gallery Press 1993 & 1999