By Enda Coyle-Greene

Snow Negatives

Debut collection from Skerries, Co. Dublin based winner of the 2006 Patrick Kavanagh Award


The debut collection from Skerries, Co. Dublin based winner of the 2006 Patrick Kavanagh Award, Enda Coyle-Greene’s Snow Negatives is an exciting volume from a poet whose work is already well known from literary magazines and journals. In poems that are at once formally alert and alive to the possibilities of new departure, Coyle-Greene records outward journeys and experiences, but always measured against a time when “the slow ash of innocence clung / to the cigarettes we smoked / behind the bicycle sheds” (‘Witches’), and, increasingly, the awareness of mortality and the “eerily familiar” recognitions occasioned by merely going home.

“This is a remarkable collection, assured, measured and adult—poems of loss and consideration, poems that look on the world with a cool, clear eye. The world we say we live in is put under pressure here in poems that manage to be both icily detached and achingly human … This is poetry that is strong, sure, and totally trustworthy … This is poetry of earned authority.”
— from the Judges’ Citation, Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2006

ISBN 978 1 901233 85 5 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 75 pp

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About The Author


ENDA COYLE-GREENE was born in 1954 and divided her formative years between Dublin’s iconic Moore Street and Rathfarnham. Her many and varied jobs include a long stint in international freight forwarding. A personal ambition was realised when she graduated with an MA (Dist.) from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast. Published widely in Ireland and elsewhere, and broadcast frequently on RTE Radio, Enda Coyle-Greene’s work has featured in anthologies such as The Word Ark: A Pocket Book of Animal Poems (Dedalus, 2020) The Lea-Green Down: Irish Poets respond to Patrick Kavanagh (Fiery Arrow Press, 2018) The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem (Dedalus, 2017) The 2014 One City, One Book choice, If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dedalus, 2014) and Sunday Miscellany: A Selection from 2004 -2006 (New Island) among others. She has had poems commissioned for permanent display as part of installations in Dublin and Limerick. For many years she has lived within earshot of the sea in Skerries, North County Dublin, where she also raised her daughter. Enda Coyle-Greene is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Fingal Poetry Festival She also reviews, mentors, teaches creative writing and facilitates poetry workshops. Honours received include a short-listing for the Francis MacManus Awards (for radio short stories), a Hennessy Literary Awards nomination (for poetry) and a first prize at Poetry on the Lake Festival, Orta, Italy. The manuscript of her first collection, Snow Negatives, won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2006 and was published by the Dedalus Press in 2007. Enda Coyle-Greene’s subsequent collections from Dedalus are Map of the Last (2013 and, most recently, Indigo, Electric, Baby (2020).