This is beautifully crafted poetry, contemporary in its themes yet timeless in its evocation of the traveller through space and time. "Northly" creates a stunning sensory and pictorial experience in pitch-perfect tone, of the landscape, history and language of these northern lands, and our place within it.
"Toms reminds us that we are constantly resolving 'in new voices/what time dissolved.'"
Anamaría Crowe Serrano
"...wry, sometimes beautiful, sometimes sad observations on people, things, nature and arts itself. Here's a poet with some moxy, some style and some grace, who sings like a wounded winter bird and is worth listening to."
"These poems are studied presences, careful of concept, sound, syntax and grammar, able to transpose an extraordinary sensibility into a careful system of lines. Lovely surprises gleam in the tracks and pleats that take you into brisures of received reality." Máighréad Medhb
ISBN 978-0-9957916-0-2Contemporary Irish poetry: third collection from award-winning poet and novelist, Liz McSkeane."In poems of both expressive energy and technical skill, she lays bare an underlying order that most of the time we only guess at....Hard-won insights here, compassion and a measure of clear-eyed joy, sustained and framed for us in humane, beautifully-achieved poems."Paula Meehan