Reading the Dog
About the book…
sit here together
sitting the dance steps and snapshots of our lives;
our daughters; our compound fractures of homes
like mirror images; the state ot our world,
wars, the weather and whether
these olives are tor sharing:
We know punk rebellions set us free
and we don't want to die.
from ‘Lunchtime with Rosie’
Maria McManus’ long-awaited debut collection, Reading the Dog, sees a poet already assured in her poetic voice.
As befitting a poet of the new post-ceasefire Northern Ireland, McManus exults in the northern vernacular and is finely attuned to the new imaginative realities and ironies underlying what was once the apparently quotidian.
Reading the Dog joyously embraces a variety of tones and colours a wry mordancy, an acerbic plaintiveness, a self-doubting uncertainty, a loving wistfulness and, at times, a compelling anger - to produce a varied and satisfying collection.
Whether writing of the lost worlds of childhood, the idealism and silliness of adolescence, the ever-shifting tones of love and human relationships, orthe all-too-stark realities of political conflict, McManus confidently explores with a painfully-achieved individual sensibility a world recognisably of today and of our own place.