"January Blues" has a gentle arm that reaches out and invitingly guides you through Maria Ní Mhurchú’s cathartic journey. To sum up Maria’s success, one could place the two opening lines of this collection on top of the last two;
I jump out of bed
And look in the mirror,
Not caring –
For the first time in my life.
These poems permit us to enter, and be entertained, the most sacred of the poet’s thoughts and torments while she is dancing with depression, questioning how to drown the sound of bellowing. Through her poetry, Ní Mhurchú has ushered out the torments and guided in peace. Her poems introduce the reader to the places where her bravery permitted her to ask and receive answers to the ambushes that have visited her. "January Blues" is about grasping that rope and pulling yourself up that slope of encouragement, hope, and love.