David Wheatley, The Irish Times Books of 2011.
Ailbhe (pronounced Alva) Darcy is a new Irish poet, an exuberant and inventive presence in the poetry world. Her debut collection is a set of urgent dispatches from both her native city of Dublin and her skirmishes further afield: London, Paris, Africa, Eastern Europe, the United States. Driven by wild conceits, semantic leaps, and startling juxtapositions, these are poems that itch and pluck at the pelt of what we think we know.
"Ailbhe Darcy’s work has a precision and purpose rare in one so young. Her poems turn up without a word out of place... she is a poet consumed by what the world around her is doing; it is this quality above all others which numbers her among the most promising new Irish poets."
"Here is a new writer for whom it is worth putting a kink in the usual niceties of the space-time continuum…"
"Darcy is a remarkable poet who combines a lithe metaphorical imagination with an enviable social sensitivity."
Borbala Farago, The Irish Times
Ailbhe Darcy was born in Dublin in 1981, and currently lives in South Bend, Indiana, where she is doing a PhD in English Literature at the University of Notre Dame. She has published her poetry in Ireland, the UK and the US, and co-edits Moloch, an online magazine of new art and writing. Selections of her work are included in the Bloodaxe anthologies Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (2010) and Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (2009), and in her pamphlet A Fictional Dress (tall-lighthouse, 2009).