Black Eyed Peace is about our search for peace. Whether it’s peace within ourselves, peace in our relationships, or peace on a national or international scale. Sometimes it might be hard to find and in our searching we will collect a few bruises along the way. But it is always, always, worth searching for, and if you look long enough & hard enough you will find it.
In these poems the language is both simple and direct. The poet provides us with a map, with routes leading out into large and small histories, of family life, a wry look at religion, war and growing up in Belfast. His evocations, at times sunny, shaded at others, conjure pictures that we recognize and believe in. Whether dealing with large or domestic themes these poems sparkle with wit, acute observation, truth and love
“This is such a mix of the wry, the affectionate and the hard-hit. I particularly liked Waves, Ladies Football, Brothers In Arms, Symphony for the Devil, The Lord’s Day and Making Soda. You made me smile many times – with recognition, with delight and affection. I also found my self, taking a sharp breath in at times.” – Maria McManus
“A cracking book. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop. It had me laughing out loud, and welling up up at times. Brilliant” – Jonny Loughhead
“I am posting a link to a free poetry collection by Belfast poet David Atkinson. I don’t think this should be free, it is brilliant! it reflects on our shared heritage and the poems are written beautifully, if I was to draw any comparison I would say an urban Seamus Heaney. Please read and share this link..bloody brilliant!” – Cathy Connolly
Hunting for the Aurora has been nominated Boston Poetry Magazine for the Pushcart Prize. Mike Jewett, Editor said “After careful consideration, I have chosen Hunting for the Aurora as one of Boston Poetry Magazine’s Pushcart Prize nominations. The instant I read Hunting for the Aurora I knew it was special. Part of it is me being a father, but it transcends that.”
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