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Jessica Traynor

Pit Lullabies

Jessica Traynor

Publication Date : 24 Mar 2022

ISBN: 9781780376066

Pages: 65
Size :216 x 138mm
Rights: World

Poetry Book Society Recommendation

These intimate, visceral and often wickedly funny poems journey through the darker days of new parenthood, teasing out the anxieties which plague us when night falls. Violence against women, the destruction of our environment, the poisons and pitfalls of 21st-century living are explored here in poems by turns lyrical and earthy, yearning and angry. They mine gold from the darkness and seek luminescence in the deepest oceans.

Pit Lullabies is Jessica Traynor’s third collection, following Liffey Swim (2014) and The Quick (2019) from Ireland’s Dedalus Press.

‘This third collection from a prominent Irish poet contains “intimate, visceral and often wickedly funny” poems which journey through the darker days of new parenthood and “tease out the anxieties which plague us when night falls”.’ – Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller, New titles: Non-fiction, March 2022, on Pit Lullabies

‘…it is that strong sense of uncanniness throughout Jessica Traynor’s Pit Lullabies that marks it with distinction. The eponymous Pit Lullabies – there are 10 in total – form a wild, exhilarating backbone to this collection where bone is a key word.  A book about motherhood and birth trauma… its roots are firmly entrenched in the natural world… Traynor’s poems, like those of Walter de la Mare, are most deadly when they are pared back, almost child-like.’ – Martina Evans, The Irish Times

‘Award-winning poet Jessica Traynor’s new collection Pit Lullabies is now available; it’s a beautiful meditation on, among other themes, new parenthood, violence against women, and the destruction of the environment.’ - Liadán Hynes, Sunday Independent (Notions & Necessities)

‘What a brilliant year for poetry! I am very much enjoying Jessica Traynor’s third collection, Pit Lullabies which is witty, wicked and moving in equal measure.’ – Victoria Kennefick, RTE Culture (cultural picks)

'I’ve long admired Jess Traynor’s poetry, which is as confident being serious and historical, as it is when it’s arch and playful. There’s a tenderness to how Traynor writes about motherhood, the body, the places we find ourselves. Her new collection Pit Lullabies proves that she’s one of our finest poets, moving through myths, love, and the environment. It’s a visceral work that I know I’ll go back to again and again.' - Sinéad Gleeson, Dubray Books blog:  Irish Writers Recommend Books by Irish Women

‘Here an acerbic wit is fused with ruminations on the female body along with the concerns of early parenthood… Traynor’s sound is effortlessly hypnotic, her language formed, deliberate and lyrical.’ – Anthony Anaxagorou, Poetry Book Society Selector, on Pit Lullabies

‘Visionary, luminous and haunted, Jessica Traynor’s poems are home to a host of compelling characters: witches, changelings, the spirit of Hildegard of Bingen. In The Quick, even the grotesque is rendered with subtle delicacy – a woman whose “lungs fold like an origami bird”. These poems will give you goose-bumps.’ – Helen Mort

‘Written with a lightness of touch, these poems are capable of dealing with the big themes – especially those of birth, death or illness…this poet [is] capable of creating canonical work which draws on a contemporary re-thinking of poetic traditions while finding a voice that is wholly her own.’ – Siobhán Campbell on The Quick in Poetry Ireland Review

 

Jessica Traynor reads from Pit Lullabies at the Bloodaxe online launch

Jessica Traynor read poems from Pit Lullabies at this Bloodaxe online launch event shared with Moniza Alvi and Amali Gunasekera whose three collections were all published in March 2022. At the end of the readings Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley hosted a fascinating discussion between the three poets about their new books.

Jessica Traynor reads 'Night Run' from Pit Lullabies

Jessica Traynor read her poem 'Night Run' from Pit Lullabies in Books Ireland's Poetry Happening series, accomapnied by the text of the poem. See the feature here.

 

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