By Elaine Cosgrove

Transmissions

A restless, probing imagination and a music lover’s ear are among the elements that drive the poems in Sligo-born Elaine Cosgrove’s much anticipated debut collection, in which the poet’s wide range of interests are matched only by the startling variety of her approaches. These are energetic, youthful poems, poems alive with fresh vision and compelling rhythm. But her achievements never descend to mere novelty, and these protean, determinedly awake poems are always wholly engaging, accurate and true.

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A restless, probing imagination and a music lover’s ear are among the elements that drive the poems in Sligo-born Elaine Cosgrove’s much-anticipated debut collection, in which the poet’s wide range of interests are matched only by the startling variety of her approaches. These are energetic, youthful poems, poems alive with fresh vision and compelling rhythm. But her achievements never descend to mere novelty, and these protean, determinedly awake poems are always wholly engaging, accurate and true.


“The poems in Transmissions are swift and agile and gleefully accomplished.They will leave you dazed in a grateful way.”
— Colin Barrett

“A true apprentice to the vast tradition that has gone before, yet strikingly original, her craft is sharp and these brilliant poems are offered generously to strangers ‘stuck for conversation’. Cosgrove is one of the most important rising voices in Irish Poetry today.” — Elaine Feeney

 


Sonnet

What does the failed heart know anymore?
Does it know to live on until it dies;
to stop being a balled-up fury
of wringing hands that bathe in salt to wrinkles?
What does the breaker know of the lupine days
paid for on a three-bedroom at minus one,
minus you; Canary-coloured walls ear
the bounce-back of silence over dinner.
What does the connection do when it’s gone?
How do the lines fill up their hollow gaps
with new wires? Will the feedback from the
permanent interruptions make you turn off the sound?
    This from your breaker: learn to make
    a joy that’s all your own and make it very loud.

 


KINDLE EDITION OWNERS If you purchased this title on Amazon Kindle, two of the poems which could not be included in that edition are available here in PDF format for free download.

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781910251256
  • Size: : 140 x 216 mm
  • Pages: : 70
  • Published: : October 2017

About The Author

Author

ELAINE COSGROVE was born in Sligo in 1985. Transmissions, her debut collection of poems was published by Dedalus Press in 2017, and was shortlisted by Theo Dorgan for the dlr 2018 Shine Strong Award. Her work has been published in The Stinging Fly, Trumpet, The Penny Dreadful and New Binary Press. Her poems have been translated into Italian and featured on Inkroci’s online magazine. Elaine’s work has been selected for the Eyewear Fifty Best New British & Irish Poets Anthology, listed for the London Magazine Poetry Prize and the Gregory O‘Donoghue International Poetry Prize. Transmissions has been favourably reviewed in Poetry Ireland Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Irish Times, The Manchester Review, and been featured in The Irish Examiner, RTÉ Radio 1's The Poetry Programme and Arena arts show. Elaine Cosgrove has a BA in English, Sociology & Political Science from NUI, Galway and an MPhil in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. She lived and worked in Galway City for almost 15 years. She worked at a regional support organisation to the community & voluntary sector, and as an assistant to the NUIG International Writers’ Programme and NUIG Irish Studies Summer Programme. Elaine Cosgrove immigrated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2019 where she lives with her husband and dog. She works at Emory University. See also:                             https://elainecosgrove.com/