Review of Rapture in The Irish Times


Many thanks to The Irish Times for John McAuliffe’s lovely review of Rapture, below:

Roisin Kelly’s Rapture (€5) is the first publication in what Southword Editions promises will be a series, New Irish Voices. Kelly’s poems might be more traditional than Redmond’s, but they are fresh, sensuous and direct where Redmond drifts, teases and dallies. Addressing an ex, she writes: “Wherever you are, go / with a bride-thought haunting your shoulder, as lovely as snow” (At a Photography Exhibition in New York Public Library). “The words are everything,” she writes in Easter, although her implication of “words” with desire risks, and gets away with, using some of the oldest images: “Now a rose is once again / not only rose but also soft and red / and thorn and bee and honey.”