This is Paula Meehan's eighth collection of poems. Her poems have been set to music by various songwriters and composers, including Christy Moore, and she has written poetry for dance, film, and the visual arts. Her work has been published extensively in translation. She has also written ten plays. In 2013, Meehan was appointed as the Ireland Professor of Poetry, by President Michael D. Higgins, becoming the sixth holder of the position.