A Promiscuity of Spines: New & Selected Poems
Published by Salmon Poetry
Patrick Chapman has one of the most distinctive and creative voices in Irish poetry today. This book contains 22 new poems and selected work from his five previous collections: Jazztown (1991), The New Pornography (1996), Breaking Hearts and Traffic Lights (2007), A Shopping Mall on Mars (2008) and The Darwin Vampires (2010).
Chapman’s work has always followed its own imaginative path – heartfelt yet adventurous, shocking yet moving – exploring themes of lost childhood innocence, fractured love, fear and mortality.
“One of the very best Irish poets born in the last 40 years... You avoid him at your cool-quotient peril.”
Patrick Chapman was born in County Roscommon in 1968. He has twice been a finalist in the Sunday Tribune Hennessy Literary Awards. He is also a scriptwriter, working in children’s TV, on Doctor Who audio-plays, and adapting his own short-story for Burning the Bed (2003), a short film starring Gina McKee and Aidan Gillen which received several awards on the US festival circuit and a general theatrical release across the UK. He lives in Dublin.