In her debut collection, How to Lose Your Home & Save Your Life, Angela Carr’s poetry mines the territory of an unexpected journey, exploring the unspoken realities, and precarious hope, of lives lived in the shadow of the Celtic Tiger’s demise.
Made redundant from her job as an architect in 2008, she contacts her mortgage lender to change the loan to Interest Only and later discovers they went far beyond the original request, in breach of the Consumer Protection Code, placing her home and financial security at risk.
As bubbles burst and bank bail-outs beckon, she is pitched down the rabbit hole into Ireland’s financial heart of darkness.
“…a remarkably cohesive and carefully crafted collection of poetry. The voice is refreshing, original and interrogating, painting a picture of contemporary Ireland that is clearly post-boom; debt-ridden; urban and edgy with the quiet desperations of modern living.”
“Mature, visceral work – full of vulnerability, devoid of self-pity. Current in outlook, made timeless by its berry-plump language and potent imagery… How To Lose Your Home And Save Your Life is as dense and dark as a forest. Get lost in this book.”
Winner of the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition 2013, How to Lose Your Home & Save Your Live is forthcoming in 2014.