Published by Nine Arches Press
Burnhope brings both wrath and wryness to bear on inequality, ignorance and prejudice, and balances force and anger and with nature, sexuality and love. The exploration of identity and disability and ideas of ‘otherness’ inform the distinct approach of this collection; the body becomes the territory of both creation and conflict, language the interpreter of its losses, pains and beauty. Political and theological ideas ferment and rise in these poems, which though often serious are also ripe with wit, adventurous in their form and distinctive in their energy and verbal vigour. Species is radical and acutely aware – a rare and brilliant mix that makes for essential and important poetry.
Mark Burnhope was born in 1982 and studied at London School of Theology before completing an MA in Creative Writing at Brunel University. His work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications. He currently lives and writes in Bournemouth, Dorset with his partner, four stepchildren, two geckos and a greyhound, and his first chapbook, The Snowboy, was recently published by Salt.