• Sophia Hadef

25 Young LGBTQ+ Irish Poets write an outstanding collection of poems 'Green Carnations'

Updated: Mar 2

Green Carnations 'Glas na Gile' in irish, is an anthology of poems written by members of the LGBTQ+ community. It is the second book I received from the BookHub Publishing. And what a beautiful discovery.


Summary:

Green Carnations, Glas na Gile, compiled and published in 2020, is an anthology of verse from 25 contributing LGBTQ+ poets on the island of Ireland. The book charts the ups and downs of first loves, longer partnered relationships and sexual encounters.



What moved me the most about this collection is the power of the words. The sensuality emanating from those powerful poems from very young writers is outstanding. They all talk about their relationships, their heartbreak, their love life. And so many poems sounded like tales being whispered to me.


Many writers were based in Galway and some references to this city made my heart even more touched. Some poems also describe kind of an enchanted Ireland. Talented writers, sublime poetry, and I am beyond excited to read more from these brilliant authors. Great Irish literature's future is well secured.


In these dark times, young people are considerably affected and reading this collection had a huge impact on me. Discovering more about the Irish LGBTQ+ community was a precious gift for me to start the year. It made me want to learn more about it and read more of this type of literature.



"The fairy-tale

Falling

From a whisper.

A boy stares out the window

Making wishes

Of

Buried treasure

And swords


What happens when the snow

Fades

And the twigs

Meet their destiny?


The stars inside him,

Are coming together

To tell him a fairy-tale."

Clodagh Mooney Duggan.



"Emily


She types, 'I miss you',

An echo across an aching ocean,

Where all there is to say

Trembles through the silence."

Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan.



You can purchase this anthology on the BookHub Publishing's website.

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