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Cousins’ poems are deceptively seductive, drawing us into precise moments of memory, often tender and loving before turning to hint at or expose a deeper truth. They are about childhood, marriage, family and so much more. Holding up a mirror to truths we may prefer to ignore, the poems shine a light in the shadows of both our home and society. (from the Foreword by Fergus Hogan)


In 2012, A.M. Cousins enrolled on the MA (Creative Writing) course in UCD as a mature student.  While striving to crack the code of the perfect short story, she was ambushed by poetry and has been held in its thrall ever since.  Her poems have appeared in literary publications including The Stinging Fly, Poetry Ireland Review, NIW and Aesthetica.  Her work was highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition 2015, 2016 and 2019;  her poem ‘Not my Michael Furey’ won the FISH poetry prize in 2019. She also writes memoir and local history essays and is a regular contributor to RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany. Anne is married to Brendan McCarry, they have two daughters and a growing band of grandchildren.

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