Milk Snake is the debut pamphlet from Donegal poet Toby Buckley, who is based in Belfast. In Milk Snake, Buckley invites us to look at the world from a slightly different angle, where small things become unsettling if you look closely enough. The poet explores queerness, displacement and trauma through clear-voiced, deceptively gentle poems about fishermen, maggots and bees.
These lightly-done poems about wildlife and the sea, laced with an underlying sense of queasiness, herald a new Irish LGBTQIA+ voice, who will be of interest to readers who enjoyed Queering the Green (ed. Paul Maddern), published by The Lifeboat in 2021.
Praise for Milk Snake
“These are poems, then, which bring moments, memories and relationships into sharp focus. Buckley takes the image and makes it central; in doing so, he creates a poetry at once sensual and evocative.“ – Isabelle Thompson, Sphinx Review