The first poem ‘Hoor’ is masterful in its use of dialect – profane, profuse and intimate. Elsewhere, the language is equally supple and responsive: “her stove hot bonnet warming bottoms” or “my brothers’ / sleep-limp slump”. The writing about the natural world is always fresh and sometimes terrifying, as in ‘Bully’ where a boy squeezes a bullfrog to death. The sounds make me think of Gerard Manley Hopkins at points, as in “tartled hooves compact the chaw”/ Chewy, resonant writing. – Will Harris, The Rialto
Jim McElroy is 2021 winner of the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing and the 2020 Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award. In 2019 he was selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions, runner-up in the Bridport Poetry Award and awarded an Individual Artist Award by Arts Council NI. He has been shortlisted for the 2021 Gutter, Edwin Morgan Award, the 2020 Rialto pamphlet Award, Bridport Poetry Award, Cúirt New Writing prize, was runner-up in the Fingal Poetry Prize and nominated for the Pushcart and Forward prizes.