Rita Kelly

Travelling West

ISBN: 9781903631

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from The Irish Times review

Rita Kelly has an altogether calmer voice, at her best when making the most of the anecdotal. She is disarmingly endearing and perceptive in recounting her own experiences and friendships … she does have an ear for a finely tuned line and an eye for detail … “Cups” is typical of her ability to turn a story, this poem becoming an unexpected amalgam of the 1960s and the bra-making industry. Again and again Travelling West sees memories in the landscapes which pass by on car journeys, and this observational trope is typified by the scenes which accumulate in “The Glass Case”, in which a butcher’s counter is the spark for “disremembered presents” . Rita Kelly’s poetry is gently teasing and humanely open.