THE BEST BOOKS OF 2020
The Irish Times
In The Irish Times' roundup of the best books of 2020, Kerri ní Dochartaigh kindly described Safe Home as one of her standout reads of 2020. She writes:
"Derry poet Mícheál McCann’s first pamphlet, safe home, contains some of the most beautiful poetry I’ve ever read. Identity, belonging, place and love, all rendered so openly; sculpted so exquisitely it “makes home glittery”. With the year that’s been in it, that’s pure magic."
INTERVIEW WITH LAUREN JOHNSON FOR DIG WITH IT ISSUE 3
Dig With It Issue 3
"At once he is seven years old, enveloped in Heaney-esque descriptions of the country farm — wildflowers, manure, clucking hens. Then, an adult, waiting for the bus [...] It's a personal collection, one that intends to flip the script associated with LGBT boyhood, the well-worn narrative of repression and revelation upon moving away from home."
REVIEW OF SAFE HOME IN POETRY IRELAND REVIEW 133
by Grace Wilentz
"McCann largely seems to be writing about his own experience, which lends Safe Home a gentle authority and authenticity. Safe Home is also deeply reflective; friendships and caring are lovingly savoured in this thoughtful and understated debut."