Reshaping The Light by Breda Joyce

Reshaping The Light by Breda Joyce

Reshaping the Light is a collection of rare, essential, high quality poems.

The poems in Reshaping the Light reveal a deeply sensitive artist striving to put grammar on our complex, chaotic condition. There’s a sense of wonder and aching sadness about this body of work that gives way to a triumphant declaration of creative intent, captured perfectly in the lines given to a defiant Eve in ‘No Garden of Eden’: “In an unsound harbour/I set up camp not caring what’s in store/and enjoy the sweetest of apples./I am shameful no more.”

This is a sublime collection, ranging across a universe of moments, personal and universal, full of empathy and insight and love.

– Donal Ryan, novelist


There is an enviable intensity about Breda Joyce’s poems, an intensity of perception, feeling and image that is complemented by the experiential wisdom that informs them.

– Paddy Bushe, poet


Reshaping the Light is a collection of rare, essential, high quality poems. Disciplined and understated, deeply felt but never sentimental, the poetry in this collection is polished, impressive, essential and necessary.

– Thomas McCarthy, poet


Joyce’s belief in the power of light to create a shield against darker shades is an integral element in these poems.

– Eileen Casey, poet and writer


 

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There is an enviable intensity about Breda Joyce’s poems, an intensity of perception, feeling and image that is complemented by the experiential wisdom that informs them. Wide-ranging yet always written from a personal perspective, these poems are immediately and enjoyably engaging.

-Paddy Bushe

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Series: Poetry
Publisher: Chaffinch Press
Publication Year: 2021
Format: Paperback
Length: 90 Pages
ASIN: 1838104194
ISBN: 9781838104191
List Price: €11.99
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The poems in Reshaping the Light reveal a deeply sensitive artist striving to put grammar on our complex, chaotic condition. There’s a sense of wonder and aching sadness about this body of work that gives way to a triumphant declaration of creative intent, captured perfectly in the lines given to a defiant Eve in ‘No Garden of Eden’: “In an unsound harbour/I set up camp not caring what’s in store/and enjoy the sweetest of apples./I am shameful no more.” This is a sublime collection, ranging across a universe of moments, personal and universal, full of empathy and insight and love.
Amazed at the quality of the work in Reshaping the Light. If there is better poetry being written in Ireland at present, I would like to see it. Such a range of topics and experiences, teeming with the beautiful language of poetry. The poems are such a joy to read that I know I will be returning to them again and again.
– Ger Geraghty
I love this Collection. I have a collection of my own coming out shortly, and I love poetry. The opening poem 'Murmurations' in memory of Seamus Heaney, ' draws you in straight away with 'starlings meandering in rippling syllables.' Beautiful. Seamus Heaney would be well impressed. Breda's poem ' Crossing' is wonderful, it struck a chord with me immediately. All the poems in this collection by Breda Joyce are special, and you will want to read them again and again.
– Richard Cahill
This book was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. The poems are so thought provoking and immerse you in different times and places. A beautiful book of poetry that I will keep coming back to. I would highly recommend
– Nicky Foz
Breda Joyce’s poems are easy to read, surely the ultimate compliment in an age where academics would turn us all into snobs. Her subjects are her family and friends, her locality, people she remembers from childhood. Like the retired major with shell-shock, his orders and salutes imitated by children and his delightful ‘Wrap it up now, wrap it up, wrap it up’ when the priest’s sermon went on for too long. Simple scenes: blackberry picking, chicken-feeding, visiting a hospital and ‘the ward with bad smell.’ Poems of gentleness and caring, gems of family life in tender recall; the reader feels they know her people. In this edition, we select her reflection on the Magdalene women, Dirty Linen. Those final lines say it all They buried him outside the rails Dirt still stains their fingernails. Tinteán.org.au
RESHAPING THE LIGHT is a collection of rare, essential, high quality poems. Disciplined and understated, deeply felt but never sentimental, the poetry in this collection is polished, impressive, essential and necessary. Here is a poet who reminds us that time creates a unique signature in each of us. Reshaping The Light is a significant achievement.
– Thomas McCarthy
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About the Author
Breda Joyce

Breda Joyce grew up in Headford Co. Galway and lives near Clonmel, Co. Tipperary with her husband Mark and their daughters Caoimhe and Muireann. On retiring from second-level teaching, Breda fulfilled her ambition to study creative writing in U.C.C. where she won her first poetry prize and from where she graduated with an M.A in 2020. Her work has been shortlisted and highly commended in a number of competitions, the most recent being the Fish Lockdown prize 2020. Her poetry appears in various publications, anthologies and literary journals. Apart from writing, Breda enjoys sea-swimming, cycling and hiking in the hills near her home.