All the parts of everyday life are unclothed and transformed in Catching Bats Takes Patience. Mary Kennelly looks at the routine of domestic life and motherhood and picks it apart, revealing a hidden layer of emotion and depth to her everyday life.
Nothing is off limits. These are the poems of a mother, a partner, a lover: grown in the garden, watered with spring rain, scrubbed in the kitchen sink, seasoned with lust, mellowed by familiarity and finished off with tears of loss. There are clothes to be ironed, a scraped knee to kiss, homework to be done and a loo-roll shortage to cope with.
Mary Kennelly wades forward through all the bittersweet themes of Catching Bats Takes Patience, exploring with uncompromising honestly the complexities of life in a beguilingly sincere tone.