Reckless Paper Birds (Paperback)
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Paperback Published: 15/05/2019
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Rage and restless curiosity burst from the seams of the latest offering from Polari Prize-winning poet John McCullough. Dodging and diving with ease between personal introspection and political observation, the poems in Reckless Paper Birds give equal weight to complex philosophy and popular ephemera, showing how our minds and perceptions and shaped and influenced by each in turn. A triumph of revelation and a dazzlingly accomplished collection.

Longlisted for the Polari Book Prize 2020

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2019

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.

Publisher: Penned in the Margins
ISBN: 9781908058638


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John McCullough has a reputation for crafting lyric poems of the everyday with a surreal twist. In Reckless Paper Birds, the familiar yet strange is rarely more than a stanza away. As if Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems jumped headlong into our 21st century, McCullough's lines sing of Lady Gaga, Instagram and house music.; Ben Wilkinson, The Guardian; A celebration of abundace ... a secular litany of life in its fullness and fragility.; Rob Mackenzie, Poetry London; The vitality of the poems, their nimbleness, their wit and their music combine to mark Reckless Paper Birds as a rare literary phenomenon. The book, for all its undercurrents and complexities, is a frank and militant declaration of joy – gay in a double sense of the word – and should be taken very seriously.; Christopher Reid, Judge of the 2020 Hawthornden Prize

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“Exquisite”

I was recommended this extended reading by my tutor - as I study at The Open University and John lectures Creative Writing. I was not disappointed. His imagery is richly layered in queer culture and transports the... More

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