Brimming with dark charm, this fearless journey Inside The Wolf crosses many thresholds from girlhood to womanhood, birth to death, love to loss. Boyce has created a magical and enigmatic collection of poems, throbbing with sensuality, blood and guts! It instantly put me in mind of a book by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With The Wolves, and echoes the sentiment of using folklore and myth to enlighten each generation of women and reawaken their untamed instincts . The writing is touching, revealing and empowering. Reflecting the current mood, there's a wonderful sense of throwing off old conventions and expected behaviour, like old skin. Full of wit and charged with feminine potency. Highly recommended!
Every poem in this book is brilliant. The title refers to the fairy tale elements of the collection. But it is no Disney sanitized version. Niamh captures the darkness and the haunting of the original stories. She mixes events in her own life; women's experiences; art and history in a weave of folk elements that creates epiphanies for the reader. I reached the end of so many of the poems exclaiming "Wow." This book will take its place on my shelves between my two well-worn copies of Disenchantments edited by Wolfgang Miedler and the Poems 1976-1986 by Margaret Atwood. If that's not a recommendation, I don't know what is!
Such a pleasure to dip in and out between the pages of these poems that feel interconnected, exploring issues such as death, memory and transformation. Many of them have resonance, and inspire me to reflect and to recollect. A wonderful collection!