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“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”
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Dead People on Holiday (Poetry)
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Description: Two poems from my latest book, a fusion of my poetry and digital art that has been ten years in the making. It's available to order from, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones, Foyles, WH Smith and all good bookshops. Get a veek for trhe book on; or read about its origins on “The living”, it has been said, “are dead people on holiday”. This book is a ten-year testimony to one man’s living death, concluding in acceptance and at least the chance of a return to hope, love and a new life. The poetry here pulls apart the inner sadness of encroaching age and irredeemable failure, with a candour which for most of us has to be kept stifled, silent, perhaps barely even thought. But this is a book which surmounts despair; and for the narrator here as much as for anyone else: if these are the ashes of a failed life, they are the ashes from which a phoenix can rise. And yes, someday it will. Stephen Jackson’s fusion of his own poetry with digital imagery has been acclaimed as “hauntingly beautiful...tight, life-affirming”. His account has been called “fascinating and amazing”: with a texture of writing comparable to John Donne’s. Soft cover ISBN: 978-1-4500-3968-0 Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4500-3969-7
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