'In this stunning debut, McGuinness' articulation of vulnerability deeply resonates. His shield is lowered as he explores his grief, maturation and renewal; yet the humanity in these poems is piercing.'
‘The narrative ecologies in Eamon McGuinness’s fine debut The Wrong Heroes are cultivated with an honest search for meaning, and a lyric impulse which both eulogises and celebrates the rapidly changing landscapes of selfhood, citizenship, and society.
In these poems, which have at their core a moral integrity to say what is true, a trustworthy voice emerges which transcribes the movements from youth to maturity, from longing to fulfilment, and from grief to precious remembrance.
Local, Irish, and European – Eamon McGuinness’s poetry is deft, and empathetic. Here is a poet who cares. Love one another, the thematic bass-line of this collection goes. And mind yourself. This world, this life, is precious after all. And fleeting too.’
Author of Gunpowder Valentine: New and Selected Poems