‘The Opposite of Grieving brings together the talents of three poets who collectively run the publishing outlet Drunk Muse Press. There the similarities in their theme and style end. Hugh McMillan’s poems are mostly lyrical meditations on a father’s relationship and travels with his daughters, while Neil Young’s satires rewrite and reimagine Greek myths with a contemporary twist, and Jessamine O’Connor’s selection explores a gamut of responses to loss and bereavement. Each poet’s work is characterised by an angled approach that causes the reader to re-examine expectations.
Hugh McMillan’s latest collection ‘Haphazardly in the Starless Night’ was published in 2021. In 2021 he was editor of the SPL’s anthology ‘Best Scottish Poems’. He edits for Drunk Muse
Neil Young hails from west Belfast and now lives in north-east Scotland. He worked as a labourer, kitchen-porter and stage-hand before becoming a journalist. His latest collections include Shrapnel (Poetry Salzburg, 2019) and After the Riot (Nine Pens Press, 2021). Neil is founder of The Poets’ Republic magazine and Drunk Muse Press.
Jessamine O'Connor moved from Dublin to the Sligo Roscommon border in 1999. Her collection ‘Silver Spoon’ is published by Salmon Poetry. She is an editor with Drunk Musep Press, on the panel of The Poet’s Republic, and runs Co:Mon, an annual Countdown festival.