About the book…
The poems in Deirdre Cartmill's eagerly awaited debut collection have their genesis in those tortured moments that spill out when you're utterly alone - in the aftermath of a lover's tiff, confronting the revenants of the shared past or coping with the loss of a father. These poems are often ferocious but always intensely human.
Cartmill views the
world from the perspective of a new generation of poets who grew up
through the conflict in the north of lreland and who share a fractured
sense of life and loss, who kick against the incongruity and
irrationality which lingers in the post-conflict society, while
struggling to envision a new normality.
Never self-indulgent, the poems
of Midnight Solo broach important subjects and are oftenunderpinned by a
subtle ironic humour. Intellect collides with emotion in her short
lyrics, her nervy and nimble use of forms and her ambitious longer
By turns uncompromising and intimate, always surefooted and compelling, these poems have an edge and resonance that stays with the reader. This is a powerful and assured debut from an exciting new voice.