mick guffan • the bastard brother • new poems
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 The remainder have been taken from the unpublished collection The Quoin Fellow.
100 Numbered/signed copies
£25 plus shipping
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; Heritage book white archival quality, Fourdrinier made, acid-free text paper; Hahnemuhle black endpapers. 'Signature scraps' encased in numbered, retro brown paper wage packets, included with all copies. ISBN: 978-1-910691-06-9
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 heavyweight 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.
All copies 'signed' by the poet.
"[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
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.
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