Kyle McHale's poems get under the skin. They are deeply attuned to nature and how we find solace in the natural world when relationships let us down, whether through human fallibility or mortality’s inevitable breaks.
McHale conjures a deep respect for the generations that have fought in wars so that we do not have to, and it is a quest for peace that is at the heart of this collection – be it in the outdoors or striving to leave behind "the things that make life heavy:/wallet, phone, keys, passport.” (‘The Trail’). Keats’ “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” serve as an underscore throughout and the qualities of colour and beauty to be found in decay are evident in many of the strongest poems.
Poet and Editor (Magma Literary Journal)
Lisa Kelly is on the editorial board of Magma Literary journal. She is currently editing a forthcoming edition devoted to poems about hearing and deafness (Lisa is partially deaf herself) in collaboration with Raymond Antrobus. She is also a frequent host of the poetry events on Sundays at the Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town, London, and teaches a monthly poetry workshop there.