I would like to thank my mentors Martin Drury, Sharon Murphy, Enda Wyley, Niall MacMonagle and Cherry Smyth for their kindness, knowledge, optimism and keen judgement. This collection benefited greatly from their advice and encouragement.
'Reading through this collection there is a movement towards light and life and the closing, exhilarating image is one of release, freedom, movement. It began with an image of father and son, it closes with an image of son and mother that is both beautiful and life enhancing. Art, in the end, is always on the side of life.'
Niall MacMonagle, anthologist, broadcaster and author of poetry text books for students, April 2022
Thomas Brezing and Enda Wyley: In-Conversation Poetry Reading. Production by Books for Breakfast,
Enda Wyley and Peter Sirr 2021. Link to view video with Enda Wyley https://youtu.be/frdrdURWA-I
The poem 'News' was shortlisted for the South Dublin Libraries Poetry Competition 2021, judged by Mark Ward. Here is a link to some of the readings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBNLotwSzYI