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Who Seemed Alive & Altogether Real

Authors: Padraig Regan

Published by The Emma Press

ISBN: 9781910139745

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Padraig Regan’s poems delight in the sensual and the visual: this pamphlet is alive with the textures of paint, sweat, sugar and overripe fruit. Regan riffs on art history in a way which is playful and inquisitive, bringing together Johann Zoffany and David Hockney for mojitos by a California pool. Other poems focus on the representation of the human body. They discover alternative histories in responses to paintings where the gaze of male artists is directed towards the male figure in queerly erotic ways. A pair of poems titled ‘Glory’ reads the iconography of Elizabeth I as a kind of drag act for the body politic, and the final sequence is a dazzling, near-Cubist display, shedding light on Caravaggio’s pictures of a young male model from a variety of revealing angles.
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