We are Bone
About the book…
In We Are Bone, we witness the poet Maria McManus exploring with wit, charm and vigour what it means to belong to a place, a people and to a time.
It is from belonging that she claims her place in her native Fermanagh, and within her family. She is in turn, claimed. Indeed, her use of language captures the natural rhythms of Ulster vernacular speech to produce poems of peculiarity and warm inclusiveness.
In cinematic and intimate vignettes of solitude and quiet, McManus has a bracing range of concerns: globalisation, colonialism, the atomisation of the individual, the duplicities of the modern media.
What is remarkable about We Are Bone is that there is no escape nor desire for escape – from self, from the gene pool, from the landscape of bogs, of rivers, of mountains, from history or inheritance – only a stance in which the poet is filter, lens, kaleidoscope and camera.