a poet, editor, and translator, he was born in Dublin in 1942 and has published a number of collections including his Selected Poems, The Nightingale Water, and Knowledge in the Blood (2002). His work has been translated into 12 languages. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish Arts Council’s affiliation which recognises outstanding contributions to the arts in Ireland. He is also one of the founder editors of the long–running literary journal Cyphers. He has read his poems on both sides of the equator, from Buenos Aires to San Francisco to Moscow. His latest collections of poems are, The Cotard Dimension (2011) and Collected Poems (Dedalus, 2012). He is married to the poet, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.