Tales of Ordinary Sadness

Tales of Ordinary Sadness

Paperback (15 Feb 2006)

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Publisher's Synopsis

Tales Of Ordinary Sadness is the debut collection of poems and shorts from new poet Kirkland and is brimming with outrageous tales of sex, death, drugs, murder and celebrity obsession all taking place within a hermetically sealed council estate world near you. Brave a ferocious world of thuggish teenagers, single mothers, psychotic stalkers, nosy neighbours and real human drama as observed by Kirkland himself in a witty, razor-sharp style. There are poems autobiographical and fictional, poems about Glasgow, poems dedicated to friends and enemies alike, cut glass spiteful and affectionate observations written with tongue firmly in cheek. Collected here for the first time are Kirkland's narrative poems, monologues, raps and short stories plus a dazzling array of social satires that cross between the ordinary and the positively surreal. Kirkland is twenty-four and trained as a journalist in Glasgow and he spends his time performing his work live and writing reports for subversive pop site PopJustice.com. To fund his performance poetry, Kirkland worked by selling 'smoking paraphernalia', fireworks and fancy dress to Glasgow's trendy (and not so trendy) West End.Kirkland is currently planning a spoken word tour in Britain's most grimy bars.

Book information

ISBN: 9781845490843
Publisher: Arima Publishing
Imprint: Arima Publishing
Pub date:
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 306g
Height: 234mm
Width: 156mm
Spine width: 12mm