The Ripple Tank Experiment
About the book…
Playful, witty yet firmly planted on the ground, Jean Bleakney’s debut collection is one determined to engage the reader. They show a writer fully attuned to the underlying tensions of being a poet and a woman in the North of Ireland on the eve of the twenty-first century. Deriving from their native place but not circumscribed by it, the poems of The Ripple Tank Experiment rejoice both in imaginative liberations and the formal constraints of language, demonstrating an eye for the telling beneath the apparently ordinary, an ear for the rhythms of vernacular speech. Yet underlying the poems are a unique sensibility-off-beat and tellingly individual. This debut is a collection shot through with humour, tenderness and approachability. It proclaims the arrival of a new and original voice in Northern Irish letters.