William Keohane is a writer from Limerick. His poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, the RTÉ Radio 1 Sunday Miscellany and Queering the Green, an anthology of post-2000 Queer Irish poetry. His essays have been published in Banshee. In 2019, he was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in the Emerging Poetry category. In 2021, he was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, and was one of ten poets selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Limerick.
slowly, slowly is a book about the nature of transition. As an Irish writer, the landscape of home features prominently in William Keohane’s work. The trans body, too, is itself a landscape: a post-operative, healing chest with nipples like sinkholes, and red mountain scars; the blonde facial hair that blooms, slowly, after the first few months on testosterone, bright like Irish gorse, like prairie canola. Transition is often viewed as a linear movement from one state of being, one gender, to another. In slowly, slowly, William shows that it is a process, involving versions of self co-existing, ideally, but not always, in concordance with one another. The body of the past lives on in memory, while the present body fluctuates, depending on how it is perceived by others. This is akin to water, which moves, changes, is stagnant, flowing. Water exists in different states, as solid, liquid, gas, but fundamentally, is unchanged. It remains the same element and, for this reason, water flows through every page.