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Fox Trousers

Eithne Hand

ISBN: 978-1-912561-92-6

Page Count: 66

Publication Date: Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Cover Artwork: © Roeselien Raimond www.roeselienraimond.com


About this Book

In these playful, considered poems, the emotional impacts of small moments are captured in a relaxed and natural way. Verbal gymnastics and powerful metaphors are laid down in spare, lively words.  This confident first collection from a writer who has worked primarily in the world of sound combines accessible language with lyricism and an ear tuned to nature. 


I have always admired people with ideas and flair and imagination. Eithne Hand has it all. This first book of her poetry is a fresh new voice and for me paints so many wonderful pictures. 
Kathleen Watkins


Fox Trousers sparkles with an inimitable mix of wit and wisdom. Eithne Hand’s poems of close observation surprise and delight, moving from playfulness to tenderness and from the mundane to the mysterious in the space of a breath. In the music of her lines, as in our lives, joy and grief live side by side.  
Jane Clarke


Eithne Hand is wary of the ‘love of mirrored self’. Instead her poems look outward, generously and wittily to the loving father of a focus-puller, to a man clutching his double bass and other men clutching their penises, to a pencil’s humility, Saint-Saens’ insides, a ‘magnificent’ woman scrubbing by hand, to what an atlas, a coastal rock, or a lemon waiting to be squeezed might like us to know; a mare with her foal reminds us of loss, a playground swing of acceptance and a dog teaches us joy. Which, more than anything, is what this collection is – a joy. 
Gerard Stembridge


Author Biography

Eithne Hand grew up in Greystones, Co.Wicklow and is a writer and producer. Fox Trousers is her first poetry collection. She has been published in THE SHOp, Southword, Crannog, The Irish Times, The Moth and Poetry Ireland Review. Her work has been shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award, was highly commended in the Gregory O’Donoghue Prize in 2016 and shortlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize 2018 and 2020. She has written and directed three radio plays broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and her documentary, Voicejazz, won a Prix Italia for Best Work on Music. She was Head of RTÉ Radio 1 from 2003-2006 and now works independently with RTE Lyric FM on their weekly poetry feature, Poetryfile. She worked with Gay Byrne for the final four years of his Sunday Jazz programme. As a theatre producer, she tours the one man shows The Man In The Woman’s Shoes and I Hear You and Rejoice, both written and performed by Mikel Murfi. From 2014 to 2017 Eithne was the curator of the First Thought strand of the Galway International Arts Festival. She spends her time between Greystones and Ballinafad, Co Sligo.

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