Reckless Paper Birds by John McCullough

Reckless Paper Birds by John McCullough


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.


Winner of the 2020 Hawthornden Prize 
Shortlisted for the 2019 Costa Poetry Award

  • Details

    Imprint: Penned in the Margins

    Publication Date: 15 May 2019

    ISBN: 9781908058638

    Pages: 83

    Type: Paperback

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