Slow Clocks of Decay
Published by Salmon Poetry
Symphonic in structure and epic in scale, Slow Clocks of Decay explores universal themes through the lens of one of Ireland’s most imaginative poets.
Dealing with crises all-too familiar today – the loss of friends to suicide; the insidious nature of depression; the inevitability of ageing; and living as an atheist in a society not quite recovered from its quasi-theocratic past – the book climaxes in a bravura sequence that imagines the poet’s own final journey as a fantasia of Hitchcockian intrigue set in a Paris of the imagination.
Twenty-five years after his remarkable debut, Patrick Chapman’s work culminates in Slow Clocks of Decay, his most mature and expansive collection to date.