- 04 Aug 21
Containing 100 poems by the famed Irish artist, 'A Lick and a Promise' will be published in October.
Imelda May's debut poetry collection, A Lick and a Promise, is set to be published in October this year.
Using the themes of Breast, Below, Blood, Eyes, Tongue and Temple, the poems are written in May’s absorbing, visceral style and encapsulate heartbreak, sex, nature and womanhood.
Included in the collection will be ‘You Don’t Get to be Racist and Irish’, the powerful poem that was written in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and used by the Rethink Ireland campaign. Watch it below.
Speaking about her poetry, May said; "Poetry is good for my soul and fills my heart and mind with colour and scent. It’s intoxicating. I dive into my beloved books and my days are infinitely better for that."
"One poem can stay a lifetime, one line can change a view. I hope my writing gives to others what inspiration gives to me. I write incessantly and honestly, which helps me make sense of life and take a moment to ponder on it. Poetry gives me the freedom to do that, and I hope the reader sees themself in my words and in my world. A Lick and a Promise is how my mother described a hurried wash and it’s often how I read poetry when time is scarce."
"It’s been an absolute joy to work with Imelda on her debut poetry collection," said Lucy Holliday, the head of Pop Publishing at Faber Music. "Her writing is so absorbing, rhythmic and evocative; I feel a door has been opened just a little, to allow a glimpse into Imelda’s sensual world."
Imelda May features as the cover star in our April issue of Hot Press – available to order online here.
A Lick and a Promise by Imelda May will be published by Faber Music on October 28th 2021.