Eavan Boland, writing in Poetry Ireland Review, praised Patrick Chapman's ""real gifts for rhythmic shock treatment and off-beat diction,"" describing him as ""one of the very compelling voices"" of the new generation of Irish poets. This equally sharp and confident second collection explores strange new directions and bizarre themes, in poems about America, viruses, a fear of falling satellites, and the uterus as a birthday present.
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Patrick Chapman was born in 1968 and lives in Dublin, where he works as a copywriter. His first collection Jazztown was published by Raven Arts Press in 1991. In 1995, he was shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award. Chapman has recently begun writing fiction.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
A Poem from 'The New Pornography' by Patrick Chapman
On Broadway and West 109
I see a Spanish American
Who boasts a pillar of air
Where his leg stops at the knee.
He seems to have taken
A shine to those crutches.
As luck would have it, then,
I spot another man
Whose left shoe sole
- Four inches taller than his right -
Supports a leg truncated at the shin.
Those who can afford them wear prosthetics:
In a bar where there were posters
Advertising late night music
I enquired of one such man
If he intended to go dancing.
Copyright Patrick Chapman
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