One Wanted Thing
About the book…
‘Then comes floating,
skin a guest of air.
I hold my palms just beneath
the surface, plying the tension
as if they could lift the water up
and it would not break, like love should be,
elastic, fluent, so familiar,
you can’t tell if you're in it or out of it.’
Cherry Smyth’s outstanding second collection, One Wanted Thing, shows a poet coming into a true voice. Her poems give imaginative room for an intriguing array of delicately shifting sensibilities.
Whether writing of love, friendship, the conflict between the ideal and reality or the search for physical, moral and emotional beauty, Smyth comes to the task armed with a formidable poetic arsenal: anger, a wry humour, a self-reflective sense of doubt, an insight into the psyche of others, a belief in the power of the word.