Dr Michaela Schrage-Frueh (Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics) co-edited ‘The Unfixed Horizon: New Selected Poems by Medbh McGuckian’. The book, which was published by Wake Forest University Press in December 2015, traces the Northern Irish poet’s trajectory through fourteen volumes of poetry published between 1982 and 2013. A comprehensive introduction by editors Borbála Faragó and Michaela Schrage-Frueh offers an overview of the work and its myriad influences.
McGuckian’s early poems, the editors point out, view Belfast’s sectarian violence through the lens of the female body and domestic imagery, while her political engagement later becomes more direct. McGuckian’s poems are “firmly rooted in Northern Irish soil,” yet encompass a world of interests erotic and maternal, spiritual and sensuous, private and political. Readers open to her enigmatic syntactical structures, wide-angled metaphors, and metamorphic images multiplying in dream-like fashion will be richly rewarded.