By Enda Wyley

The Painter on his Bike

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.

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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.”

Here are family 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

October 2019
ISBN PB 978-1-910251-62-1
ISBN HB 978-1-910251-63-8

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About The Author

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Enda Wyley is poet and children’s author. She was born in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin 1966 and currently lives in Dublin. She has published five collections of poetry: Eating Baby Jesus (1993), Socrates in the Garden (1998), Poems for Breakfast ( 2004), To Wake to This (2009), and Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems (2014). Her most recent collection is The Painter on his Bike (October 2019). Her poetry has been widely broadcast, translated and anthologised including in The Harvard Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry, USA (2010), The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women Poets, USA (2011), Femmes d'Irlande en Poésie, 1973-2013, ed. Clíona Ní Ríordáin, and Lines of Vision, The National Gallery of Ireland, 2014. She holds a B.Ed with a distinction in English Literature, was the recipient of an M.A in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, was the inaugural winner of the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and has received many Arts Council Literature Bursaries for her writing. In 2014 she was the recipient of a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship for her poetry. In recent years she has been Poet- at -Work in the Coombe Maternity Hospital, Dublin and Writer in Residence at The Marino Institute of Education, Dublin. Enda Wyley’s books for children are Boo and Bear and The Silver Notebook. Her book I Won’t Go to China! was awarded a Reading Association of Ireland Special Merit Award 2011. Enda Wyley was elected to Aosdána in March 2015.