What happens in that moment beyond witness,
what constellations dissolve and re-form?
Will memories, relentlessly forgotten,
reassemble, fully restored?
(from ‘Mothwing’, in Anchored)
IMAGE: Curragh Landscape 9, Grainne Dowling ©
September 2021 | Paperback | 86 pages
Like its title, the poems in Lorna Shaughnessy’s wonderful new collection encompass flow and flight. Drawing on dream and story, they dodge nothing of the turbulence and grit of a life in full flow. (Moya Cannon)
Whether reflecting on nature, or on personal loss, or on birth ritual in Tudor England – she envelops the reader in the intensity of the experience and its emotional repercussions. In poem after poem, phrases leap from the page. (Moyra Donaldson)
There is a lucent quality about Lorna Shaughnessy’s work, a clear-sighted and intelligent sensitivity that is immediately appealing, and which is matched by her skill and craft. (Paddy Bushe)