About the book…
Myra Vennard’s second full collection, Blind Angel, sees the Ballycastle-based poet facing the great themes of art, of life – love, mortality and loss – with an arresting candour delicately matched with an assured artistic tact to produce work charged through with the shock of recognition and the pain of lived truth.
While elegiac in tone, these poems are far from a mere cry of pain and bewilderment. Blind Angel is, at heart, a collection of celebration, of reconciliation and, finally, of acceptance. While Vennard speaks with authority and a hard-won individuality, she draws satisfyingly from the rich well of traditional lyric imagery and iconography to impose order, reason and personal vision on chaos.
In the end, these poems are nothing less than a stubbornly triumphant insistence on the primacy of life.