Breakfast with Sylvia
About the book…
“There’s an intriguing mixture of themes and tones in Kevin Kiely’s new collection. The mythic mingles with the realistic, the spiritua touches the material world, the robust sexuality of many of the poems lies side by side with moments of delicate reticence. There’s an energetic awareness of, and participation in, the joy of being.” ~ Brendan Kennelly
“Kevin Kiely’s writing shows the world alive, in a bracing air, in a sharp light, where a subject is probed and rattled by an Atlantic energy. These poems are full of edgily real things, people and places caught in a sudden urgent perspective that shakes the reader with their nearness... Poems on erotic themes are incandescent and stormy with an intellectual bite to them. There is nothing glum or staid here and much that is invigorating to read.” ~ Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
“Lyrical, original, faithful to the moment and its joys but with an undertone of sometimes rueful experience – these are the poems of a man who has come through.” ~ Anthony Cronin
The poems of Breakfast with Sylvia are passionate, adventurous and daring. An astute observer of the subtle shift in emotional weather and a wry observer of the greater world outside, Kevin Kiely has shaped a collection which engages with the reader yet also reassures with a craftsman’s authority.