Leontia Flynn Taking Liberties


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From one of Ireland's most important poets, a collection about motherhood at a time of continuous crisis

'The real thing'

'Everyone should be reading her'

These poems emerge from the experience of being a single mother in Belfast, and against a background of seemingly continuous crisis. Political upheaval and anxiety, violence and death are all registered in these poems, which ask questions about where independence is balanced by our relationships with others, and where our inner lives meet the globally connected world.

These are poems about cities - living, travelling and working in cities, getting sick and dying in cities - but also about retreating from all that: to her daughter at home, the budgie, cat and tortoise, or escaping to the park, the municipal pool, the Irish countryside, Newfoundland, or Paris, or into a Nina Simone song.

This is a necessary book - a book very much of our time - with a consistent tone that is brave and bleak, but which also carries with it some much-needed humour, and a wealth of beautiful writing.

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'Anybody with an interest in poetry should be reading Leontia Flynn. Those with no interest should be reading her too: she has what it takes to overcome resistance. All mothers - especially new mothers - should read her... Her thinking is complicated but never arrogantly inaccessible. I was bowled over'
- Observer

'The real thing'
- Michael Longley, author of The Slain Birds

'One of the most original and accomplished poets of her generation'
- Guardian

'Surefooted and unsettling, Leontia Flynn's poems negotiate the cracks that lie below the surfaces of things. Reading them, we see the world differently'
- Ciaran Carson, author of Belfast Confetti

'One of the most strikingly original and exciting poetic voices to have emerged from Northern Ireland since the extraordinary debut by Muldoon thirty-five years ago... She doesn't put a foot wrong on the page'
- Fran Brearton

'A poet who is not only one of the best writers of her generation but who seems, more and more, to be the voice of that generation'
- John McAuliffe, author of The Kabuyl Olympics


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