Medbh McGuckian says:
'...the poem is not so much about studying and doing exams as really about the desire to be creative and somehow being very frustrated in that, because of having to be a woman and having to sit still and the lack of adventure in your life really, the lack of adventure in your head. And so it is a poem about wanting to write. And not really being able to find a way of doing that.'
'...I was able to talk about how I was cut off from the street...there is an intensity and a sadness and a loneliness that I felt that I could capture.'
In the evenings I used to study
Every year at exams, the pressure mounted-
In the dark I drew the curtains
Medbh McGuckian was born in Belfast in 1950 where she lives with her family. Her collections include The Flower Master and Other Poems, Venus and the Rain, On Ballycastle Beach, Marconi's Cottage, Captain Lavender and Selected Poems. The McGuckian poem in this selection is The Singer.
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