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Poetry in motion Imelda May releases her own poetry collection called A Lick and a Promise

Included in the collection will be ‘You Don’t Get to be Racist and Irish,’ the powerful poem May wrote in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Imelda May Photo: David Conachy

Imelda May Photo: David Conachy

Imelda May Photo: David Conachy

Imelda May will release her own poetry collection this autumn.

Her debut poetry collection, entitled A Lick and Promise, will be published on October 28th.

Following the release of her first poetry EP Slip Of The Tongue in 2020, A Lick and a Promise will contain 100 poems written by the Dubliner each addressing themes of heartbreak, sex, nature, and womanhood.

Included in the collection will be ‘You Don’t Get to be Racist and Irish,’ the powerful poem May wrote in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Speaking about her poetry, the singer 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. I tease in and out of my delicious books promising them I’ll be back for more.”

Lucy Holliday, Head of Pop Publishing at Faber Music, added: “It’s been an absolute joy to work with Imelda on her debut poetry collection. 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.”

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