Mary Ann Mulhern is the ideal poet of the current age; her poems are powerful but lucid and concise. They are academic but accessible, both understandable in form and relateable in theme, overcoming a major barrier to poetry in the modern literary situation. Much of her work is entirely unique in that she brings fresh, previously unattempted methods to look at relatable
issues and important themes. Even when Mulhern addresses the struggles of specific situations (convent life, sexual abuse, etc.), she does so with such strong emotion, and in such an entirely human way, that they are always relatable to any reader.