In a relentless rollercoaster of images McDonagh offers keenly observed commentary from his fourth floor flat, juxtaposing the urban contemporary landscape with the Mayo of his youth. No sacred cows are safe as the absurd and surreal are seamlessly blended allowing Hamburg, Germany and Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo to be effortlessly thrown into the same mix.
Terry McDonagh was born in Cill Aodáin, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo in 1946. His plays include The Dark Side of a Dream; Anything for a Fiver; I wanted to bring you flowers (translated as Ich kann das alles erklären); Eternity Under Lucifer the First; and Children of the Whip. His poetry collections are The Road Out (Hamburg, Olaf Hille Verlag, 1993); At Home In My Shoes (Celtic Corner Verlag, Hamburg, 1997); A World Without Stone/New and Selected Poems (Hamburg, Blaupause-Verlag, 1998); A Song for Joanna, Hamburg-Melbourne A Journal in Verse (Hamburg, Blaupause Books, 2003); and The Truth in Mustard (Galway, Arlen House/New York, Syracuse University Press, 2010); and Ripple Effect (Arlen House, 2014).