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By Mark Roper

Bindweed

PRE-ORDER ONLY. AVAILABLE OCTOBER 2017

From meditations on the glimpsed and the fleeting — presences so small they “slip through cracks in the day” — to ruminations on some of the most pressing concerns of our time, the poems in Mark Roper’s new collection play a series of variations on how we perceive and try to connect with the ‘more-than-human’ world. There are poems addressed to familiar companions such as the moon, or a shadow (“your dark matter / neither life nor soul”); poems that stem from travels abroad; and poems that respond to the miniature worlds, and larger implications, of exhibits in a number of museums.

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From meditations on the glimpsed and the fleeting — presences so small they “slip through cracks in the day” — to ruminations on some of the most pressing concerns of our time, the poems in Mark Roper’s new collection play a series of variations on how we perceive and try to connect with the ‘more-than-human’ world. There are poems addressed to familiar companions such as the moon, or a shadow (“your dark matter / neither life nor soul”); poems that stem from travels abroad; and poems that respond to the miniature worlds, and larger implications, of exhibits in a number of museums.

Throughout, Roper’s keynote alertness and subtlety of language frame and mirror his subject matter with consummate skill, allowing the reader to see, hear and sense the vital presences far beyond the margins of the page.

The second half of the book addresses a serious accident in the mountains, and its long aftermath — for which the poet’s startling attention to detail and commitment to his art and craft provides both cure and consolation.

“This book contains so many perfect lyrics as to make any writer jealous”
– John Killick in The North, writing on Even So: New and Selected Poems


Moon

Battered companion,
your face a map of hurt
no tear consoles.

Closest friend,
it would be so much harder
without you.

You come and go,
punchdrunk,
proud of your scars.

Always ready
for one more round,
wanting the night

never to end.
Golden bowl,
no matter how broken.

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Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781910251249
  • Size: : 140 x 216 mm
  • Pages: : 80
  • Published: : October 2017

About The Author

Author

Mark Roper was born in Derbyshire, England in 1951. His collections include The Hen Ark (Peterloo, 1990), which won the 1992 Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection; Catching The Light (Peterloo, 1997); and The Home Fire (Abbey Press, 1998). Whereabouts was published in 2005 by Abbey Press & Peterloo; Even So: New & Selected Poems by Dedalus Press in 2008. His latest collection, A Gather of Shadow, Dedalus 2012, was shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award in 2013 and won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2014. Mark was Editor of Poetry Ireland for 1999. He was the recipient of Arts Council Bursaries in 2010 and 2013. The River Book: A Celebration of the Suir, a collaboration with photographer Paddy Dwan, was published in 2010. A second collaboration with Paddy Dwan, The Backstrand, was published in 2013. The pair are currently at work on a book about the Comeragh Mountains. The Invader, an opera composed by Eric Sweeney to a libretto by Mark Roper, was premiered in Ireland in May 2014. Mark has also worked on many other collaborative ventures. An experienced Creative Writing teacher, he has run courses and workshops in a wide variety of settings. REVIEW EXCERPTS "Small encounters with the ‘natural’ world act as triggers for many of my poems. I’m fascinated in particular by the ways in which we perceive it: what we make of it and what it makes of us, for us, inside us." "The writer he most reminds me of is Norman MacCaig – he is equally capable of the piercing metaphor, the crystallizing phrase that deepens the vision" — John Killick, The North, 2013

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