‘Remarkable Emotional Range’: Alison Brackenbury Reviews Rapture



I am so happy with the review of Rapture by Alison Brackenbury that appears in the latest issue of the PN Review, below.

Rapture, Roisin Kelly’s first pamphlet, brings exuberant colour: ‘June comes to the sky above Leitrim / and Mars is as red as a rose’. Her writing is eagerly physical. Love ‘can be […] like biting into fruit / below the sun, into the juice and pulp of it’. Words addressed to the smallest souvenir ring with tenderness: ‘Little matchbox’… Kelly’s lines carry passionate echoes of liturgy: ‘With your blue sweater, my body worships you’. With ecstatically long vowels and singing sound, these poems are a feast.

Even loss, in Rapture, is transfigured to a constellation: ‘My ex-boyfriend turned lonely Orion’. The poems’ boldness of statement grows almost proverbial: ‘the breakfast table / of love has wrecked many ships’. This brief collection shows remarkable emotional range. Kelly leaves the reader afloat on a tide of colour, her ‘comet’s tail of old ice and stardust / on its way to the red heat of its marriage bed’.


Poetry Day Ireland & Butlers Chocolate Cafes

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I’m excited to see my poem ‘October, Cork City’ printed on mini cards to be made available in Ireland’s Butlers Chocolate Cafes in association with Poetry Day Ireland 2017.

Other poems with a similar chocolate/coffee vibe will also be featured on cards and posters in Butlers on April 27.

‘October, Cork City’ was reprinted from Rapture and originally appeared in The Stinging Fly.





8 poems at Stinging Fly’s online archive

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The Stinging Fly has created a beautiful online archive of work that has appeared over the years in their magazine, including 8 of my own poems.

‘Amsterdam’, ‘Glenveagh’, ‘Persimmons’, ‘Ode to Love’, ‘October, Cork City’, ‘Rapture’, ‘The Unicorn Children’ and ‘Hades’ can now be accessed here, with ‘Amsterdam’ available to non-subscribers.

Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards

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I had a great time at the Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards a few weeks ago at the Irish Museum of Modern Art!

Warmest congratulations to my fellow nominee and deserving winner Una Mannion for her winning poem in the poetry category, ‘Crouched Burial’.



My poem ‘Tuam’ was published over at Headstuff last month, inspired by a recent trip to the killing fields of Cambodia that coincided with the discovery of a mass grave back home at a former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co. Galway.

Have a read here.