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Rooster

Gerry McGrath

Rooster
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ISBN: 978 1 847771 16 2
Categories: 21st Century, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: August 2012
211 x 132 x 10 mm
84 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Rooster, Gerry McGrath’s second book of poems, observes with painterly precision the commonplaces of our experience, creating landscapes of emotional range and intensity. Biography, history, geography are interwoven in potent new forms: a lover’s fragile caress, the ‘expeditionary skill’ of a dentist, the death of irony celebrated by crows ‘helpless with laughter’, a green tree burning in a red room.

    In its second and third sections the book is emboldened by novel experiences and ancient panoramas: the isle of Arran is transmogrified, and a collaboration inspired by the bosky latitudes of the French artists’ commune Grez-sur-Loing adds colour, scope and depth. In the two concluding sections Rooster is at its most ambitious, sketching expansive, rehabilitated vistas of a world that is haunting and new.

    I
    Intimate Expanses    
    Snow    
    White Sail    
    The Opposite of Goodbye    
    Only Light    
    The Telling    
    St Petersburg    
    Element    
    The Beach at Irvine    
    The Photographer    
    Pale Cup    
    No Maybes About It    
    You Are    
    Lightning    
    Changed Days    
    The Guests    
    Summer’s End    
    First    
    Blue Box    
    Open Wide    
    Kisses    
    Loose Ends    
    Wheat    
    Magic    
    He Says    
    In Itself    
    La Stanza Rossa    
    Born    
    Fragment (of a Chorale)    
    Eldest    
    Blue    
    Roses    
    Two Words    
    Report from a West Highland Funeral    
    I Hope    
    You Were    
    Tell Me    
    Ask    
    Standing    
    Script    
    Zero    
    Steps    
    Moon    

    II
    Goat Fell    
    Audience of One    
    Imperfect    
    Suite No. 1
        Wordleft    
        Elephant Hide    
        Spheres    
        Two Rivers    
        Silence Cut
        

    III
    Wave    
    A Man of Good Fortune    
    The Morning of Forgetfulness    
    Dutch Interiors    
    Faith    

    IV
    Return to the City    
    Foreign Travel    
    Rooster    
    Suite No. 2
        I – VIII    

    V
    West Coast Colloquy    
    American Bestiary    
    Horse Feathers    
    Purple
    Gerry McGrath was born and raised in Helensburgh, Scotland. He is a graduate of Strathclyde University and worked for several years as a teacher of modern languages. His first collection of poetry A to B (Carcanet) was published in 2008. In 2004 he was a winner of the Robert Louis Stevenson ... read more
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