Glass Emily Cooper

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Front cover of the Makina Poetry book, Glass, by Emily Cooper. A quote by Jack Underwood reads: 'Cooper is a poet of impressive deftness and idea.'

If there is ever bad news, have it delivered to me in an Emily Cooper poem

Ella Frears
author of Shine Darling

Further Praise

..a beautiful debut work full of longing and intimacy – and lots of wild garlic.

Time Out

Cooper is a poet of impressive deftness and idea.

Jack Underwood author of Happiness

Emily Cooper’s voice shines with honesty and beauty.

Francine Toon author of Pine

I wanted to live inside the delicacy of these poems forever.

Lucia Osborne-Crowley author of My Body Keeps Your Secrets

Glass chronicles the quotidian making and unmaking of permanence with a deft, impressive touch.

Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe author of Auguries of a Minor God

Throughout these pages there are small victories, much wisdom, and plenty of humour


About the book

Glass is the debut poetry title from Emily Cooper, a writer and poet from Ireland. Cooper’s poetics masterfully create a compelling space that deliberately excludes wide views—instead bringing her pen up close to a dilapidated house in a small rural town with its own personality. The traces and presence of those who have existed in those spaces—real and imagined—become interdependent in the narrative. Rural, intimate, isolated and hospitable, she ponders the context of ownership of buildings in A fountain pen slices my leg through a bin bag as I move into my new house, and celebrates the old ones collapsing along with their social history. A tunnel of light, the vulnerability of garlic charcoaling in hot oil and the layering dust in-between floorboards are intercut with quiet moments of solitude, affection, disappointment and intimacy. Outside of these spaces of physical realities, there is a strong sense of affection for the enduring landscape of Donegal. Her poems are peppered with the idea of possibilities, of parallel lives and the potential for futures unknown and unseen.

Glass rethinks the concept of home as a transient but intimate space

Livia Franchini author of Shelf Life

left me aware of every breath in my body, and somehow, suddenly feeling breathless!

Abi Palmer author of Sanatorium

These poems ask can we ever really own anything other than how we feel; our memories; and sometimes not even those

Amy Key author of Isn’t Forever

Formally inventive, engaging, and driven by a restless curiosity

Jessica Traynor author of The Quick

In this stunning and original poetry collection, I would follow Cooper anywhere.

Victoria Kennefick author of Eat Or We Both Starve

About the author

Emily Cooper is a poet and writer whose work has been published in the Stinging Fly, Banshee, Hotel, Poetry Ireland Review and Bath Magg, among others. She has been granted residencies and funding by the Arts Councils of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the Irish Writers Centre, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, Greywood Arts and Donegal County Council. In 2019, Emily was a recipient of the Next Generation Award and took part in Poetry Ireland Introductions. She lives in Ramelton, Donegal.

Emily Cooper, author of Glass by Robin Christian (Makina Books)
Emily Cooper by Robin Christian



Cover reveal animation by James Paulley
Author Emily Cooper hosted a discussion about Makina Books with its publisher, designer and Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal, author of The Yak Dilemma.


Trim Size
186 x 150 mm
54 pp
Publication Date
26 August 2021
Production Spec
Munken Lynx, full-colour offset litho, section sewn perfect binding with flapped covers
Inpress Books / Ingram Publisher Services
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