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Marian Kilcoyne is an Irish writer based on the west coast of Ireland. She has been a teacher at senior level, worked professionally in education and management for an Aids Organization, and reviewed fiction and non-
“In poem after poem there is a feeling of raw, visceral energy seeking release which doesn’t dissipate into easy closure but finds a new traction in freshly mown words. Animals are shared presences – fox, heron, spider, swallow, thrush – but it is the abiding presence of her home place that roots – ‘any five in the morning is stirring at Killadoon’, (‘Lashed to the Bow’) -
Hugh O’Donnell, poet.
“Reading Marian Kilcoyne’s collection, The Heart Uncut, is like reading a hymnal, each poem a swelling song of praise for a delicate, diminishing world and its inhabitants. The language in this book is a musical feast — inventive, rich to the ear, piercing to the heart — as Kilcoyne leads a master class in mindfulness, in the paying of an exquisite, generous attention to what is large and small, to what is beautiful and to what is not so beautiful. These poems about nature and time, about life and death and love will leave you ‘dazed as a fool by / their sweet flesh and lip sting stain.’”
Francesca Bell, author of Bright Stain.
The Heart Uncut
Poems by Marian Kilcoyne
68pp, €12.00, ISBN 9781907017551