Reckless paper birds


John McCullough

Shortlisted for the Costa 2019 Poetry Award. Surreal, joyful, political and queer, Reckless Paper Birds is a collection to treasure by Polari Prize-winning poet John McCullough, ranging across birdlife, Grindr and My Little Pony while also addressing social issues from homelessness to homophobia.

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‘Reckless Paper Birds’ blends raw emotion, acute social observation and sharp wit to capture the gay male experience. The author of the critically acclaimed collections The Frost Fairs and Spacecraft, Brighton-based John McCullough pulls no punches in this latest – and his most powerful – collection. These are poems of skill, joy and quiet musicality that reflect the conflict and complexity of being.

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