“Complicated Pleasures is his first collection and in it he demonstrates an awareness of the realpolitik of global marketing and global terrorism. In the title poem, lovers sleep while countries are invaded and the fates of populations decided… ‘Southern Shores’ echoes Yeats’s ‘A Prayer for My Daughter’ in the speaker’s wish for a charm to protect a small child, “to gird you a little against what will come,/ or even against the everyday difficulties,/ let me wish you privacy”. In ‘Silent Alarm’ the menace comes from the technology of credit checks and Google. Yet set against these fears is the belief that humans must continue to connect, that the “body beside me” is the only constant that makes sense of an increasingly irrational world.” — Nessa O’Mahony, The Irish Times
ISBN 9781904556756 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 74 pp.