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ISBN: 978 1 784102 44 9
Categories: 21st Century, British, First Collections, Humour, Irish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2016
216 x 154 x 5 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle), eBook (PDF)
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Winner of the Shine/Strong Poetry Award 2017
Shortlisted for The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry First Collection Prize 2017
Several Deer is the debut collection of a young Northern Irish poet. As much indebted to Bob Dylan and Lana Del Rey as to Emily Dickinson and George Herbert, Crothers writes about destruction, consumption, misogyny, gods, sex, failure, and rock ’n’ roll. But he does so with rhythmic subtlety and verbal craftsmanship, with unmistakable technical acuity. The poems are acrobatic: homophones, mondegreens, malapropisms, paraprosdokians, antanaclasis, polyptoton and puns are juggled with dexterity. Yet, for all their craft, the poems remain empathic, sincere, abscised from the particular experience rather than plucked from the common branch, addressing real people, albeit with the cynic’s ironizing compulsion. ‘Now send in the clowns’, ends the collection’s opening poem – and so they follow: happy and sad, wise and tragic, a touch melodramatic, wilfully misunderstood. They console themselves with rhythm, with rhyme, and with riffs on literary and pop culture new and old, high and low. Above all, perhaps, it is the air of excited verbal mischief that endears the ear to Several Deer. Easily sidetracked and keen to be soundtracked, the collection doesn’t take its sadness seriously. It listens to the hits.
Awards won by Adam Crothers Short-listed, 2017 The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry First Collection Prize (Several Deer) Winner, 2017 The Shine/Strong Award
'There may be a little Tennyson in the lighting here, but thereâs also Kanye and Austin Powers and an associative sequencing of phrases reminiscent of Frederick Seidel and Paul Muldoon.'
The Irish Times
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