A new child should mean new hope. But what if that’s no longer so? Ailbhe Darcy’s second collection of poetry unfolds in an intimate world, in which the words home and love dominate. But the private world is threatened by a public one. Written in the American Rust Belt, in an era of climate change and upheaval, Insistence takes stock of the parent’s responsibility to her child, the poet’s responsibility to the reader, and the vulnerability of the person in the face of global crisis.
Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
John McAuliffe’s review of Insistence in The Irish Times is here.
Information about readings and launches is here.
Ailbhe reads ‘Nice’, a poem from the book, on video here.