John McCullough brings his distinctive surreal humour and emotional intensity to a new collection, Panic Response
. McCullough’s new collection follows Reckless Paper Birds
(2019), which was shortlisted for the 2019 Costa Poetry Award and won the prestigious 2020 Hawthornden Prize. These poems are, the poet writes, ‘darker and more experimental’. The collection is themed around personal and cultural anxiety, mental health and queerness, whilst reaching towards the light, luminescence, nature.