AT DEDALUS PRESS, as well as publishing books by some of the best known names in Irish poetry, we’ve long dedicated ourselves to working with the rising generation of writers, many of whom are equally as comfortable on the stage as on the page.
We’re particularly pleased now to be issuing the debut collections of two of the most admired of the younger poets now publishing and performing across the country. Erin Fornoff and Elaine Cosgrove very much have their own distinctive voices, but what they share is a passion, an urgency and a belief in the power of the word, spoken and written, that promises much for their respective futures.
Small Town Synaesthesia
At the station, slicks of oil tie-dye the puddles
When he balances the till at the end of the shift
The streetlight haze makes him taste salt.
Colour: his secret language. Smell and taste and noise:
The door chimes in the town’s one restaurant.
He’s been hanging out at this same gas station,
Small towns remake teenagers
What does the failed heart know anymore?