Berries for Singing Birds by Eileen Casey. Arlen House, 2019.
"For all that the work is suffused with birdsong and wing spans and feathered ecstasy - the airy wonder of finch, mistle thrush, blackbird, pigeon, plover, robin, crow - the poems are rooted deep in the daily struggle for human survival. Her birds are both real and emblematic, fit carriers of this poet’s desire to celebrate and transcend. A community builder herself, no history of the literary life of Tallaght would be complete without Eileen Casey's enormous contribution to the writing lives of others. But here, in this collection, we have her own precious lyric worked out in poems both angelic and earthbound." ―Paula Meehan.
"Eileen Casey’s poetry is so evocative. Readers meet orphan girls, following the promise of home, traveling to the ends of the earth. Descendants, decades later, are testament that some of these lasses lived lives filled with abundance while others fared less well in the newly-colonised land of Australia." ―Dr Christina Henri (Hon Artist-in-Residence, Cascdes Female Factory Site, South Hobart, Tasmania
About the Author:
Eileen Casey has published three collections of poetry and a number of chapbooks. She received the Oliver Goldsmith Prize and a Katherine and Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship. She is editor of The Lea-Green Down, a response anthology to the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh.