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The Unlaunched Books podcast was set up in 2020 by Séan Hewitt, Victoria Kennefick and John McAuliffe to publicise new poetry collections that were missing out on launches due to lockdown. We are delighted to host a special video edition of the podcast to mark the publication of new poetry collections by Martina Evans, Victoria Kennefick, Aoife Lyall. For further information on Unlaunched visit their website unlaunchedbooks.com/
In Martina Evans’ American Mules, the eponymous mules are shoes brought to her as an exotic gift by an American relation. They suggest to her the possibility of a very different world, one which the poems’ speakers set out to explore. As happens so often in her poems, new and invented experiences throw into vivid relief Martina’s own intensely lived experiences. We revisit places her readers have encountered before—the radiography units of hospitals and their merciless work culture, in which the speakers must survive; a London densely populated by both human and animal characters whose colours and aspect she brilliantly evokes, and Burnfort, County Cork, with its bars and gossip and childhood complications, a subject of her lyrics.
Victoria Kennefick’s first collection, Eat or We Both Starve, draws readers into seemingly recognizable set-pieces – the family home, the shared meal, the rituals of historical occasions, desire – but Victoria forges this material into new shapes, making them viable again for exploring what it is to live with the past – and not to be consumed by it.
Aoife Lyall’s debut collection Mother, Nature explores the tragic and tender experiences of pregnancy and early motherhood, from ante-natal complications and the devastating pain of miscarriage to the overwhelming joy of healthy delivery and healthy infancy.
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