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Reckless Paper Birds by @JohnMcCullough_

By Pamelascott

Shortlisted for the Costa 2019 Poetry Award. Winner of the 2020 Hawthornden Prize. Surreal, joyful, political and queer, Reckless Paper Birds is a collection to treasure by Polari Prize-winning poet John McCullough. These exuberant poems welcome you into a psychedelic, parallel world of 'vomit and blossom' where Kate Bush mingles with a weeping Lady Gaga, a 'fractal coast' full of see-through things: water, mirrors, glass pebbles. With a magpie's eye for hidden charms, McCullough ranges across birdlife, Grindr and My Little Pony while also addressing social issues from homelessness to homophobia.


The day connives and you think you cannot live here, in your body, alone and rushing forward all the time THE ZIGZAG PATH


(@PennedintheM, 10 May 2020, ebook, 67 pages, borrowed from @natpoetrylib via @OverDriveLibs)



This is a new poet for me. The collection has been on my radar for a while because I loved the title so much so was delighted to finally get a chance to read it. Reckless Paper Birds was an impressive collection of poetry and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed every poem. The poems cover a broad and diverse range of subjects and every poem was different, so I found the collection a real treat to read. The language used is very rich and vivid and sheer pleasure to indulge in.

Reckless Paper Birds @JohnMcCullough_

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