Reviews for ‘Firing Pins’ by Jo Young


How do we navigate a domain dominated by the male experience to imagine servicewoman and the spectre of war? Jo Young gives us this insight, answering questions with an aplomb and poise. There’s a precision, a telescopic engagement, a lunar light on subjects of war, service, and womanhood. Here words are perfectly picked with implicit care for details to take us behind poetic lines to the core of this collection of loss, trauma, struggle, the politics of gender and death.

Firing Pins is feline, bold and at times subversive; a collection of experiences picked up like firing pins to be re-crafted with the female touch and still retain the ability to transfer an energy from a spring-loaded hammer to the heart of the reader.

Roy McFarlane