Mick Guffan -- The Bastard Brother
Twelve new poems from Skibbereen-born poet/builder Mick Guffan (1953-2006). This time round, Mr Guffan tackles Threadneedle Street, self-unemployment, The Wild Bunch, oral sex, etc.
Some of these poems first appeared in The Blackheath Counter Cultural Review, The Black Mountain Review and International Times. The remainder have been taken from the unpublished collection The Quoin Fellow.
General information: 24 pages. Format approx. 7"/175mm wide x 250mm/10" tall. Handsewn, single section. Quarter bound with hand marbled paper covered boards and Japanese olive green silk spine; front cover artwork embossed in black; 120gsm Heritage Book White archival quality, Fourdrinier made, acid-free text paper; 130gsm Hahnemuhle Black endpapers. 'Signature scraps' encased in numbered, retro brown paper wage packets, included with all copies. £25.00
Strictly limited to only 100 numbered & 'signed' copies for sale.
STOP PRESS: The poem 'Roughsleeper' from this collection
is featured in Heathcote Williams' International Times.
"(The Bastard Brother) poems 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 first 10 copies are quarter bound with an alternate Japanese dark green silk spine and include a signed/numbered broadside of a much-anthologised classic poem by Guffan not included in the book. The text is embossed in black onto 280gsm Somerset Velvet Newsprint paper, close to a genuine Guffan signature. These signed sheets (from a bundle totalling approx. 649) were left behind by Guffan for this purpose and only recently discovered. (SOLD OUT)