A Thorn in the Flesh: Selected Poems
Published by Hearing Eye
A Thorn in the Flesh is the first collection of Eddie Linden’s work to be published since City of Razors in 1980.
The poems here rise out of his pacifism, his sexuality and his conflicts with the Catholic church. There are tender poems around childhood and youth, and on desire and elusive love. In another vein, ‘Editor’, ‘To Robert Burns’ and ‘Hampstead by Night’ are the incisive diatribes of a semi-outsider on the poetry/culture scene.
"These are poems which engage the mind that has a heart."
Karl Miller, Scottish Review of Books
"[The collection] includes 'City of Razors', and is worth buying just for that, although his poem about his uncle, 'In Memory of James Glackin' is a haunting piece redolent with memories."
John Gulliver, Camden New Journal
"The well-titled A Thorn in the Flesh is the latest book from the indefatigably wondrous poetry publisher Hearing Eye. It contains 37 (mostly short) poems from the equally wondrous Eddie Linden... As to his words: they are as much a social document as poetry and he is a legendary performer of them. They are by turns, savage, angry, witty, and speak of desolation as well as reconciliation. He speaks plainly and, at best can land you one like a heavyweight boxer..."
Jeff Cloves, Peace News
Eddie Linden was born in Northern Ireland in 1935. His difficult childhood in a Lanarkshire mining village is recorded in Who is Eddie Linden? by Sebastian Barker (1979). Linden is best known as the editor and founder (in 1969) of the literary magazine Aquarius. His only other collection of poems was City of Razors (1980). A tribute book, Eddie’s Own Aquarius (2005), features poems, recollections and drawings by Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Bruce Kent, Clare Short and Craigie Aitchison, among a host of others.