By Enda Coyle-Greene

Indigo, Electric, Baby

The third collection of poems by Patrick Kavnagh Award-winning Irish poet Enda Coyle-Greene


All Poetry, Poetry from Ireland


Indigo, Electric, Baby is the third collection of poems by Irish poet Enda Coyle-Greene.

Blue is the word often used to describe ‘a mood no one chooses’, suggesting, for example, the indigo magic that is the music of Robert Johnson.

But the expressions of blue are many and varied: it is the colour of the sky-reflecting sea on a summer’s day, and of that same sea and sky in the night that follows, their shade deepened and darkened. It is part of the neon landscape of any city on a rainy night, and also, of course, the dominant colour of the planet on which we live.

In Indigo, Electric, Baby, her highly lyrical and evocative third collection, Enda Coyle-Greene explores a range of ‘blue times’, from the “sad heart- / light neon bled / in gutters” to the blue notes of a favourite record by which we might approach both the past and “the dead of the night”.

“This is a poet with a terrific sense of drama, who writes poems which end on the brink of something about to happen. This is also a poet who values laughter in the face of fear, ‘laughing, laughing, / laughing … as if your life / depended on it.’”
— Stephanie Green, Reads of the Year 2014, Glasgow Review of Books

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About The Author


Enda Coyle-Greene was born in 1954 in Dublin and lives in Skerries, Co. Dublin. She has published widely and is a frequent contributor to programmes on RTÉ Radio. Her debut collection, Snow Negatives (2007) won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2006. Her work has featured in anthologies such as If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (2014), Shine On: Irish Writers for Shine (2011), The Quiet Quarter: Ten Years of Great Irish Writing (2009) and Sunday Miscellany: A Selection from 2004 – 2006. She holds an MA (Dist.) in English, Creative Writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her second collection was Map of the Last (2013). Enda Coyle-Greene's most recent collection of poetry is Indigo, Electric, Baby, published in February 2020. REVIEW EXCERPT “This is poetry that is strong, sure, and totally trustworthy.” — from the Judges’ Citation, Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2006