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In the Flesh

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Adam O'Riordan's remarkable first collection traces the hidden paths from past to present, from the lost to the living, seeking familiarity in a world of 'false trails and disappearing acts'. Here relatives, friends and other absences are coaxed into life and urgently pressed on the reader as they surface, in the flesh.

Journeys begin with indelible detail and open into new
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Paperback, 49 pages
Published July 14th 2010 by Chatto & Windus
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Rebecca Foster
O’Riordan’s debut collection was published in the UK in 2010 and won a Somerset Maugham Award; in December it will be released in America for the first time. My favorite poems were about Victorian Manchester, 1910s suffragettes and the Wordsworths, this last based on the author’s year in residence at their Lake District cottage. I also liked “The Corpse Garden” – about the outdoor forensic lab in Knoxville, Tennessee – and a couple of multi-part poems that seem to enliven family history.

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