Like the painter on his bike in the title poem, balancing a portrait of his father, Enda Wyley in her new collection seeks a balancing of art and experience with honesty, skill and heart.
Here are poems whose explicit wish is for the safe passage of others, for gatherings and regatherings, for the chance to “wake again to a hall / of light”, for life “to go on beyond this moment /and yet because of this moment.”
The Painter on his Bike is rich with memories and thoughts of the future, elegies for friends and fellow writers and love poems to husband and daughter; and, throughout, the fragile present moment somehow carefully balanced at the heart of it all.
“Enda Wyley is a true poet.”
— Fiona Sampson, The Irish Times
“Her imagery, honesty and insight make this a first-rate work.’
— Poetry Ireland Review
‘Wyley’s best work is intimate and celebratory … she celebrates love and poetry itself with tenderness and grace.’
— George Szirtes, The Irish Times
The Painter on his Bike
ISBN PB 978-1-910251-62-1
ISBN HB 978-1-910251-63-8