Micro-review: Dinner in the Fields by Attracta Fahy.
A good thing to come from these peculiar times is lots of time to read. The latest poetry pamphlet I have had chance to read through in one sitting is Dinner in the Fields by Irish poet Attracta Fahy, published by Fly on the Wall Press. The opening poem 'The Woman in the Waterside House' is a stark portrayal of domestic abuse; deftly written and concluded with the shattering 'the shame of the world/when you are a woman with a fist over your face'. This sets the honest and affecting tone throughout the collection, where Fahy explores and reflects on motherhood, childhood, intimacy and death. 'A diagnosis/ My daughter speaks' is a poem I found particularly moving, juxtaposing the strong bond between mother and daughter with the fragility of the human mind/body, 'I remember when my mother forgot simple things, like where she left the hairbrush'. This made me think about my own daughter and what our relationship will be like in years to come. Fahy's use of language and imagery is striking throughout 'like galvanised waves spread in rows over terraced homes' unique to each poem, but with a familial sense to them. Fahy displays a wide range of imagery from the mythical ‘what if Eros was also a tender leaf falling in autumn’ to the everyday ‘we slip into morning, walking Merchants Road’, creating a balance between reality and daydream. Fahy’s poems are captivating and emotive, allowing the reader to delve into memories; eating dinner in fields and singing to stars from bedroom windows.
I’d very much recommend, order one here - https://www.flyonthewallpoetry.co.uk/product-page/dinner-in-the-fields-by-attracta-fahy