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Mick Guffan -- Inner London Buddha



Mick Guffan -- Inner London Buddha

DUE NOVEMBER 2017

Inner London Buddha
is the definitive collection by poet/builder Mick Guffan. Over eighty poems, gleaned from numerous long out-of-print chapbooks, consider such diverse and troublesome subjects as unemployment, melancholia, The Wild Bunch, alcohol, heroin, crystal meth, sex, pornography, Tramadol, buddhism, James Joyce, the family, the construction industry, perverted landlords and yes, some love for good measure.

Mick Guffan (1953-2006) was born in An Sciobairín, Cork, Ireland, the youngest of five brothers. He came to England at the age of 18, working variously as a taxi driver, airplane cleaner and finally as a carpenter. He died at St. George’s Hospital, Tooting, London on 14th June 2006, his body set about by nervous exhaustion following a gun shot wound.

‘The poems [in The Bastard Brother] are short, unadorned and written in the type of stark, gruff English which provides its own music, and which echoes most after you put the book down. The topics are also “uncomfortable” – unemployment, Threadneedle Street, emotional breakdowns, sleeping rough – but the fact that they aren’t done melodramatically, just stated with a quiet sense of resigned desolation, gives them a depth and poignancy that might not otherwise have been possible.’
The Skinny

‘The nasty business of being human is ever in his thoughts.’
— Trevor Reeves, Southern Ocean Review


TRADE PAPERBACK

*** pages. Format approx. 6"/150mm wide x 9"/230mm tall. Colour cover;
acid-free text paper. Printed & bound in England. ISBN: *** £tbc


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COLLECTORS' EDITION

General Information: *** pages. Pinched Crown format, approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; colour title page. 50 numbered/signed/artwork copies available for sale. ISBN: ***

50-copy numbered/signed/artwork copies:
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Signed by the author. £*** plus p&p


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