​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​out of emptied cups

Poetry collection written by Anne Casey, forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2019.

Book information:

Summary and extracts on Salmon Poetry website.

where to buy:

‘out of emptied cups’ can be purchased direct from the publisher: Salmon Poetry

Also available from bookshops including Kennys in Ireland; Kinokuniya, Better Read Than Dead Booksand Garden Lounge Artspace in Australia.

Purchase online via Poetry Portal Bookshop, Book Depository, Abe Books and Fishpond, among others. Check Bookfinder to compare prices.

​​responses to this book:

"each stanza is a fierce bite leading up to the final disturbing unanswerable question"

- review by Martina Evans in The Irish Times.

"This is a brave, beautiful body of work."

 - review by Dr Wendy J Dunn in Backstory Journal

(Swinburne University, Melbourne)

"Casey’s award-winning poems not only plumb the soul, but stagger at the weight the soul must bear."

- review by Rochelle J Shapiro in Empty Mirror

"If poetry is the closest art we have to silence,

Anne’s poems frame the silences. She is fearless in observing what can and should be named, and what should remain unnamed."

- Eleanor Hooker in Mascara Literary Review

"Casey is an amazingly skilful poet unafraid to experiment with rhyme and meter. Her poems become art on the page"

- Dr Wendy J Dunn in Live Encounters

“Reading Anne Casey’s poems, I want to 'embrace the world with a desperate love’.”

—Luka Bloom

"breathtaking poetry and poignant melodies"

- K. S. Moore, poet

“In poems often formally playful, Anne Casey looks hard at human experience—sex, love, vulnerability, danger—and refuses to look away; the poems display resilience and speak back against shame. 'out of emptied cups' explores not only what it is to be a woman in this world, at this time, but what it is to be alive,

body and soul.”

—Maggie Smith, poet

“From the mystery and grace of language to wry humour and a delicate ability to lay the self open, from unflinching grimness to eloquent notes of lamentation, pointed political satire and an enthusiasm for the shape-shifting play of words, this collection gives us the sustained sense of discovery that is poetry at its best.”
—Peter Boyle, poet and translator

“This is very powerful work, and very timely. It doesn’t flinch at telling the difficult stories, but it also does so in a controlled, crafted manner: this is skilful writing.”
—Kerry Featherstone & Carol Rowntree-Jones,

Overton Poetry Prize (UK)

“A heartbreakingly beautiful exploration of human consciousness, Anne Casey’s 'out of emptied cups' is masterfully conceived and holds the reader to the page. This is poetry full of sorrow and wonder, of souls at spiritual thresholds, lit from within, language as pure enchantment, at once startling and liminal, ‘lifting our hearts/out of emptied cups/and away with them/

into the heavens’.”
—Hélène Cardona, poet, actor and translator

“The poems in Anne Casey’s 'out of emptied cups' remind us that we live in a figurative not a literal, world. Her musical, inventive syntax harnesses memory as image-maker and family as cornerstone, where the spectral and the grounded are given equal weight. Craft and technique are a major feature of this work, and can be seen in the detail woven through wide-angle landscapes or the minutiae of the domesticity. Imagination is the driving spark that lights ‘the infinite possibilities of the here and now...’ (Observance).”
—Anthony Lawrence, poet and author

“Anne Casey’s second collection is a haunting journey through the natural world, contemporary marriage, motherhood, and the experience of the migrant aching for family and birthplace. She also delves into the fraught and heartbreaking territory of the Catholic Church’s treatment of women and children in Mother and Baby homes in her native Ireland. This is fine work, both delicate and brave, a kind  of libation

poured, paradoxically, out of the ‘emptied cups’

of the title.”
—Melinda Smith, poet

“One of the most poignant and surprising takes on family life since Akhmatova, rooted in lived experience that many share but few have the combination of courage or skills to articulate in poetry, this is the work of a poet at the full measure of her powers, successfully realizing Yeats’s goal for his own work, of giving serious study to sex and the dead.”
—Eddie Vega, writer, poet, W.B. Yeats Society of New York

“The ancients once said the stars made music which no one can hear – but it is there – real, speaking to our souls. The music of Casey's poetry we can indeed hear. Her poetry sings with honesty, striking at the reader's heart. This is a brave, beautiful body of work. The power of Casey's poems reminded me of what the poet Muriel Rukeyser once said: ‘What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open’. Casey's truth confronts us in her poetry, and challenges us to gaze through her eyes. Her poems tell

a woman's truth, the truth we all need to listen to,

if we want the world to change.”

—Dr Wendy J Dunn  Novelist and poet



Award-winning poet and writer