What News, Centurions?
Colm Scully (2014)
Paperback, ISBN 978-0-9574661-8-0
What News, Centurions? leads us on a fanciful odyssey from the early Christian world of Skellig Michael to a post-apocalyptic voice from some planet on another star. It meanders, through adventures on board the first ship to circumnavigate the earth to ghostly meetings during everyday occurrences, like watering the back garden in early summer. These are all conduits for the same query – finding our place in the world.
Colm Scully is from Cork where he lives with his wife and three children. His twenty years working in industry as a chemical engineer combine with his interest in history, philosophy and science to provide the back drop to many of his poems. In 2014, Colm received the Cúirt New Writing Poetry Prize, and was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductory Series, while he was also commended in the Gregory O’Donoghue Prize.
Humour and imagination are Colm Scully’s defining qualities. Not simply confessional, his poems often reflect modern life in snapshots that incorporate dramatis personae from wider mythical or historical contexts. This is a welcome new Irish voice – one that is observant, balanced, humane.
– Afric McGlinchey
A serious narrative artist as well as an authentic wearer of poetic masks, Colm Scully marshals his characters towards subtle feats of telling and singing, mining an original creative ore as he does so, and offering his readers a dream of Irish experience which, again and again, works deep enough to arrive at a vision of truth.
– Martin Dyar
“Heart Measurements & Stolen Centurions”, Róisín Kelly reviews of What News, Centurions? in Southword, Issue 27A, April 2015