In The Lion in
the Forest, her third collection, Kathleen McPhilemy continues her personal
and political, often uncomfortable, exploration of the idea of ‘home’. Part
I has a domestic focus and Part II pursues her links with Northern Ireland.
Part III comprises two long sequences: A Suite for Palestine, based
on the poetry of Paul Celan; and Tenebrae Responsories, which uses
these texts from the Latin Easter liturgy to meditate on the Iraq war.
'The Lion in the Forest is a profoundly felt and thought-through book, which attempts to do justice to the complexities (political and personal) and avoids the simple answer, excuse or accusation... It is a moving example of the capacity of poetry to cast light on shadowy places.' -- sof
'There is evidence throughout that experience, imaginative power and technical expertise have fused once again to produce some original and memorable poetry.' -- New British Poetry