In Irish Coffee Jay Carson serves up poems laced with desire, humor, memory and mortality, plus a dose of startling language that lingers well after we’ve finished reading. He casts a clear eye on the addictions and shadow criminality in himself and each of us, yet catches glimpses, too, of longed-for, perhaps-still-possible love. Carson’s poems are dark and strong. They leave us with a burn.
—RICHARD ST. JOHN
Jay Carson’s special poetic talent lies in his ability to propel the particular into the universal; his most deeply felt personal insights resonate for thoughtful readers as much like their own. These poems are both vivid and moving, a joy to read.