CADENCE, THE début poetry collection from County Galway born poet Breda Joyce, was launched by Daniel Sammon in the Galway City Library on Thursday December 8th,2016
The title, Cadence, refers to the rhythm of words as they move towards meaning and harmony at the end of a phrase. The book is divided into six sections: The first group of poems are about flight and movement; the second section about lives moving in and out of the shadows; finding safety and refuge (third section)’. ‘Autumnal Arias’ (section four) looks at the way leaves transform the light and the seasons of our lives; the final sections are called ‘Evensong and Memory Boxes’.
The poems ‘Picking Blackcurrants’, ‘Hiatus’, ‘Dirty Linen’, ‘Moments’, and ‘Autumn Opera’ have previously appeared in The Galway Review. ‘Mute’ was shortlisted for The 2016 Kilkenny Broadsheet while ‘The Void’ was highly commended in Poetry Ireland’s Poetry Project Award 2013. Her memoir about her great-grandfather, ‘John Henry Joyce and the Nine Irons’, was longlisted by Fish Publishing in 2013.