As abruptly as Challenger malfunctioned, the poem ‘Backfire‘ cuts off in mid-sentence. It leaves the reader at a tantalising point, where we believe an explanation is forthcoming. Yet we are left hanging with that ‘as I’, almost as if the poem itself has backfired and jammed before it could complete its execution. Naomi Foyle notes in her introduction to the collection that the poem, along with others, “questioned the whole idea of a finished work”, something which is wholly appropriate given the sad circumstances in which ‘Selected Poems’ was completed.
Read Damian Smyth‘s review of ‘Selected Poems’ on Culture NI.