New Book: Celluloid Dreams (Essays)

Celluloid Dreams (Essays)


135 pages / paperback 

€9.00 (free postage) 


"Celluloid Dreams gathers the film writing and cultural reviews of Irish poet Ciarán O'Rourke. Featuring essays on an eclectic range of classic titles, from Stagecoach (1939) to Deadwood (2004-2006), Metropolis (1927) to Blade Runner (1982), Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) to Fish Tank (2009), and many more, these genre-spanning essays and dialogues blend poetic appreciation with critical rigour to provide a deep-diving investigation of the emotional power and political force of the silver screen, in all its forms."


Glass Life (Poetry)


46 pages / paperback 

€7.00 (free postage) 


"Written in the year of the pandemic, these poems open a window on the world, through which strange weathers and "gusting memories" enter and flow, filling the page with luminous music. This pamphlet gathers new, previously uncollected work by Ciarán O'Rourke, in a poetic series that looks inward to loss and revelation, while remaining awake to the collective tribulations of its time."


One Big Union (essays)


221 pages / paperback

€8.50 (free postage)


"This miscellany collects the literary prose, book reviews, and political commentaries of Irish poet, Ciarán O’Rourke. Paying homage to writers such as Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, and Ursula K. Le Guin, as well as drawing on the legacies of a range of radical figures, including Rosa Luxemburg and David Graeber, these essays explore the power of literature – and people – in periods of crisis and historical change. 


From its memoir of Dublin’s Screen Cinema to its nuanced discussions of Shakespeare, the photography of Martín Chambi, and “Capitalism in the Web of Life”, One Big Union is noteworthy throughout for its vivid style and spirit of far-reaching cultural inquiry."


SOLD OUT ~ The Buried Breath (poetry)


SOLD OUT ~ Please try The Book Depository or your local bookshop/library for this title. 


105 pages / hardback (published by The Irish Pages Press)

€9.00 (free postage)


"The Buried Breath announces the arrival of a striking new voice and poetic talent. With formal ease and a sharply engaged sense of ethical inquiry, these lucid, lyrical poems delve into art and history, remembered lives and contemporary conflicts, for illumination and insight. Featuring vivid portrayals of love, desire, grief, and mourning, the collection is hauntingly sensitive to time’s passage, and to the sometimes fragile solaces of its craft – as its supple translations from Catullus, Virgil, and Machado, and its sensually immersive array of ekphrastic pieces attest.


Paying tribute to emblematic figures of world literature, including Miklós Radnóti, murdered in 1944 after the fascist take-over of Hungary, and Otto René Castillo, brutally killed by Guatemalan government forces in 1967, the collection also responds to questions of violence, persecution, and moral commitment in the present day. And yet, these poems remain as alive to the possibilities of redemption and praise they intuit – “flung to the world / in a veer of blue” – as to the realities of suffering they behold."