"Pushed Toward the Blue Hour" is a collection of three distinctly styled poets who found their voice together in the West of Ireland. Hailing from Galway, New Zealand and Tennessee, Tracy Gaughan, Claire Loader and K.T. Slattery have been writing together for the last five years, their debut collective anthology a unique sampling of poetic voices alive to issues in contemporary women's poetry. Thematically, the poems cover much ground: the body politic, desire, impermanence, family, absence and the weight of womanhood. Like the poem Auguries, a deep dive into the underbelly of Galway City, each poem scratches the surface of the everyday, sifting through life to find its hidden meanings.
I take flight. This city disconcerts me. Sometimes
it’s a poet’s dream, sometimes a viper’s nest, a sewer. An abrading cart
is being pushed toward the blue hour by a garbageman: a man of litters
who studies the stars.
-Auguries, Tracy Gaughan
Tracy Gaughan is a writer based in Galway. Her work has appeared in various magazines including, Crannóg, ROPES, Headstuff and Live Encounters. A former poetry editor at The Blue Nib Literary Magazine, she holds an MA in International Literatures from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She was a finalist in the 2020 Jacar Press Eavan Boland Award and in 2022, her poem The Wild Purge was nominated for a Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. She is currently working on a first collection with support from the Arts Council of Ireland.
Claire Loader is a New Zealand born writer and photographer now living in Galway. A Forward and Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, including Poetry Bus, Splonk, Crannóg and Skylight47. She won the Women Speak Poetry Competition in 2019 and her story, Return, was shortlisted for the Allingham Flash Fiction Prize in the same year. She tweets occasionally @msloader.
K.T. Slattery is a Galway based writer, originally from Memphis, Tennessee. Her work has appeared in Ropes Literary Journal, The Blue Nib, Streetcake, Planet in Peril Anthology, and various other magazines and anthologies. She received a special mention in the 2020 Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2021.