POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATION
This revised edition of On Ballycastle Beach, Medbh McGuckian’s third collection, extends her rhapsodic enquiry into the nature of boundaries and borders. Its odyssey ends where ‘I had forgotten there could be such light’.
‘Despite the comparisons that she invites with other poets, living and dead, her voice is entirely her own. She is high priestess of the miraculous, speaking in tongues, chanting into life some other life that we might have known or still might know.’ — John Drexel, The New England Review and Broad Leaf Quarterly
‘The beauty and genius of these poems continually redefine our notions of poetry.’ — Molly Bendal, Antioch Review
‘Of twentieth-century poets writing in English, she strikes me as one of the most original and compelling — and as easily the most white-hot Irish poet since Yeats.’ — Calvin Bedient, Parnassus