In The Rain Girl, Rose Mary Boehm’s poetry explores our world through a lens of disorienting contrasts: past and present, youth and age, male and female, escape and entrapment, real and surreal. Through the current of time, we see sharp images of wartime Europe and fairy tales, violence and dreams and, through it all, a love ever-lost but ever-seeking. The speaker in these psychologically-fraught poems becomes “the note between the / harmonies, the breach between severed limbs, and the twilight / between worlds.” And though the ground continually shifts beneath readers’ feet, they walk wide-eyed through this collection, willing travelers in times they can never quite trust due to the transience of the subconscious. As the poem “Haunting” tells us: “the time that passes between / lighting and thunder, / that’s where you’ll find me.” It’s also where you’ll find yourself – fascinated from start to finish.More info →
Sutherland is as much inwardly as he is outwardly reflective on matters of heart and place. A writer of considerable talent and grace you are always rewarded with reading his poetry and proseMore info →
This collection of poems explores ways the living and the dead meet – for lunch , in an artwork, on an allotment plot, in the city. We meet poets, artists and others engaged in the struggles and contradictions of their own times, and encounter challenges from our own.More info →
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Bernie Crawford’s debut collection has been obviously on its way for a while now. In truth, if there were any justice in the poetry world, which there absolutely isn’t, it would have been already out there and up for all the prizes. Bernie is beyond serious about the art of poetry; every poem has the shine of perfect editing. And yet the authentic voice of the first draft remains.
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