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A God's Breakfast
Categories: 21st Century, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (240 pages)
Frank Kuppner's seventh Carcanet collection, consisting of three books in one, asks the big questions: What is reality a commentary on? Why does non-existence have such a huge opinion of itself? Why don't the eternal silences of space shut up and give us a break?
The Uninvited Guest pieces together the odd lacunae and annotations in a manuscript collection of profound and bawdy classical epigrams. In West land Kuppner considers the legacy of the great twentieth-century poet Mr Testoil, and What Else is There? offers a dazzling collection of poignant and inventive reflections on living on a bluish dot in the universe. Kuppner's explorations of the unreliability of evidence reveal the strangeness of the familiar world.
'He writes with the bemused urgency of someone who has only just noticed that nothing whatsoever makes any sense... Kuppner risks playing with bathos and sarcasm, outright silliness and sheer smut...'
Sunday Herald Praise for Frank Kuppner 'Goodsir Smith, who drew from poetry from the Far East, shares Kuppner's nimble and fluid ability to code-switch and move from the sublime to the ridiculous in the space of a line or two. The difference is that Kuppner has managed to sustain this for the length of a book of some 120 pages, which is a feat to be marvelled at, and of course enjoyed.'
Richie McCaffery, The Bottle Imp
'Kuppner's poetry invites us to reflect on human knowledge and the ineffable, trivial nature of existence; it is true philosophy. He makes us think about what it means to be alive.'
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