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The Art of Dying

Authors: Adam Wyeth

Published by Salmon Poetry

ISBN: 9781910669594

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"From mountain pass to storm-tossed seashore, from Barcelona to the Drakensberg, these new poems by Adam Wyeth feature journeys both witty and surreal. There is much that is busy transforming here, from kitchen to ice-rink; rock to hatching egg. In the richly imagined Talking Tree Alphabet, a birch tree becomes Marilyn Monroe holding down her skirt, while the blackthorn is a 'ravaged whore'. At the heart of the collection, the still point around which the energies flow, is a boy's relationship with his father, the absurd indignity of death, and the ceaseless unfolding of the generations: 'An ancient vellum/ where the next life is written'. Language, the raw material of the poet who shapes and makes sense of the world, is celebrated without forgetting the humble source of it all, Yeats's foul rag and bone shop, or 'thorns/that draw blood and score the heart completely' (from Gorse). Dancing on the edge of civilization, preferring the energizing potential of dream and myth, Wyeth's is a refreshing new voice on the Irish poetry scene."  Katie Donovan

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