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The debut collection from Skerries, Co. Dublin based winner of the 2006 Patrick Kavanagh Award, Enda Coyle-Greene’s Snow Negatives is an exciting volume from a poet whose work is already well known from literary magazines and journals. In poems that are at once formally alert and alive to the possibilities of new departure, Coyle-Greene records outward journeys and experiences, but always measured against a time when “the slow ash of innocence clung / to the cigarettes we smoked / behind the bicycle sheds” (‘Witches’), and, increasingly, the awareness of mortality and the “eerily familiar” recognitions occasioned by merely going home.

“This is a remarkable collection, assured, measured and adult—poems of loss and consideration, poems that look on the world with a cool, clear eye. The world we say we live in is put under pressure here in poems that manage to be both icily detached and achingly human … This is poetry that is strong, sure, and totally trustworthy … This is poetry of earned authority.”
— from the Judges’ Citation, Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2006

ISBN 978 1 901233 85 5 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 75 pp


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Enda Coyle-Greene was born in 1954 in Dublin and lives in Skerries, Co. Dublin. She has published widely and is a frequent contributor to programmes on RTE Radio. Her debut collection, Snow Negatives (2007) won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2006. Her work has featured in anthologies such as If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (2014), Shine On: Irish Writers for Shine (2011), The Quiet Quarter: Ten Years of Great Irish Writing (2009) and Sunday Miscellany: A Selection from 2004 – 2006. She holds an MA (Dist.) in English, Creative Writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her most recent collection is Map of the Last (2013). REVIEW EXCERPT “This is poetry that is strong, sure, and totally trustworthy.” — from the Judges’ Citation, Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2006

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