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Categories: 21st Century, British, Second Collections
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (112 pages)
(Pub. May 2023)
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(Pub. May 2023)
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A The Telegraph Book of the Year
Joey Connolly's funny and feverish second collection, The Recycling, considers dissolution and aftermath. Poems experiment with forms and histories, grieving for estrangement and heartbreak, haunted by climate anxiety. Connolly is always taking risks, recycling traditional poetics into a scrapheap of repurposed pages, rusted fastenings and glittering fragments. Ecopoetry has never looked quite like this before.
Awards won by Joey Connolly Winner, 2012 Eric Gregory Award
'Humour is very much a part of proceedings, as is intelligence, in this book, and the two together form an admixture that, for me, is a tonic, in all the best senses of that phrase... Altogether, The Recycling is heady, hearty, daring, and decidedly innovative - a book to get properly swept up into, and away with.'
Mab Jones, Buzz Mag
'The Recycling is an act of brazen deferral, of repetition and self-plagiarism. It borrows wildly, testing the line between allusion and parody, while inventing its own "bric-a-brac idiolect". Strangely ersatz stories collapse into one another, time warping and distending, always about to expose a molten core of heartbreak... The result is a silly, sad and beautiful book.'
Will Harris 'A kaleidoscopically varied, endlessly ambitious collection... Connolly's innovative, surprising language walks the high wire between joy, terror and collapse. This is a thrilling, tender, extraordinary book.'
Rebecca Támas 'Connolly is one of our finest poets of the multitude, he is endlessly fascinated by all that swims through his vast universe, and his big-hearted verse is exhilarating, accepting and forgiving, as it is intelligent, warm and witty.'
Daljit Nagra Praise for Joey Connolly 'This is not a book where things simply happen; the assumption of an invisible author relaying a truthful narrative that underpins nearly all story-telling is laid aside. In these poems, the truth and the narrative peel apart from each other, the 'truth' is revealed to be another narrative, and the authorial telling of it yet another. In Connolly's hands the tools of literary theory (and of all the other intellectual traditions he raids) are not used sneeringly to dismantle a reader's 'naïve' love of story and emotion, but to deepen and complicate both.'
The Poetry School Books of the Year 2017
'Connolly can be a very personal poet and has technique enough to make the personal poems poignant and beguiling.'
Ian Pople, The Manchester Review
'Montaigne calls philosophy une poésie sophistiquée. Connolly's is sophisticated poésie, for sure, but also contains something of what the Shangri-Las called 'Sophisticated Boom Boom'. This is a serious attempt to write philosophy as poetry, to render complex arguments about nominalism and epistemology in verse without losing sensuality's boom boom.'
Will Harris, Poetry School
'Long Pass, for its humour, strange voicings, playfulness, and ability to move the reader, should be celebrated.'
New Welsh Review
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