Winner of the 2011 Piero Ciampi International Poetry Prize.
The opening poems of the Cork-born writer's fourth collection draw on stories from her Irish childhood and tales of the impact of the Black and Tans on her family's locality in the 1920s. The heady brew of Irish politics and religion is close to the surface throughout. The title poem captures conversational drama in Martina Evans' most engaging style, familiar to audiences at her successful readings:
My mother never asked like a normal person, it was
I'm asking you for the last time, I'm imploring you
not to go up that road again late for Mass...
Martina Evans, poet, novelist and teacher, was born in Cork, the youngest of ten children. She now lives in London with her daughter Liad+íin. She has published three books of poetry and three novels.