The Future of Something Delicate


These poems achieve a sense of reconciliation, matched by the growing, if unsteady, peace in Northern Ireland, and a mood of acceptance and buoyancy. Cherry Smyth’s interest in Buddhist texts, and poets like Li Po and Basho, has generated a delicacy and spiritual cohesion.

Cherry Smyth’s first collection of poetry, When the Lights Go Up, was published in 2001 by Lagan Press. She has published short stories in many anthologies, including The Anchor Book of New Irish Writing, 2000.

‘This is fierce, economical poetry, picking its way through difficult country… Small things tell, brokenly, stories of deep significance, and often deep hurt. This is exciting work.’ — U A Fanthorpe (on When the Lights Go Up)