A Poetry Collection
by Kent writer, Maria C. McCarthy
Maria is a poet of remarkable skill, whose work offers surprising glimpses into our 21st-century lives – the ‘strange fruits’ of our civilisation or lack of it. Shot through with meditations on the past and her heritage as ‘an Irish girl, an English woman’, strange fruits includes poems reflecting on her urban life in a Medway town and as a rural resident in Swale.
Paperback; 72pp; 203×127 mm; 978-0-9568921-0-2; July 2011; Cultured Llama
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‘Maria McCarthy writes of the poetry process: “There is a quickening early in the day” (‘Raising Poems’). A quickening is certainly apparent in these humane poems, which are both natural and skilful, and combine the earthiness and mysteriousness of life. I read strange fruits with pleasure, surprise and a sense of recognition.’ - Moniza Alvi, author of Europa
Maria’s website is www.medwaymaria.co.uk.