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Equal Night

Graham Fulton

ISBN: 978-1-910669-88-4

Page Count: 60

Publication Date: Friday, September 01, 2017

Cover Artwork: Photograph of the authors mother

About this Book

Death is the great taboo. We dont like to talk about it or think about it. We try to hide from the brutal fact that someday were going to come to an end. Time will become redundant and space meaningless. Everything suddenly stops. Equal Night is a sequence of poems that chooses to face the reality of dying head on. Its about someone experiencing the death of a loved one, moving through the events before, during, and after. Trying to balance equally powerful but opposing dyads: the fear and the calm, anger and acceptance, the mundane and the surreal, shadows and light. Its a personal journey among billions of others, but one that becomes ultimately universal as it embraces each of us tangled within the bewildering condition of being alive.

His myriad sometimes quirky tabulation of objects fashions and local people in action has made Graham Fulton's poetry a distinct personal telling of urban culture in the west of Scotland. Now this previously sometimes detached, sometimes sardonic voice has recorded a journey through the experience of seeing the onset of terminal illness, hospitalisation and death of a mother. I think the cumulative effect is extraordinary, the most convincing, honest, matter of fact and unsettling account of the nitty-gritty of "going through the daily motions" of confronting death and the estrangement of close family bereavement that I have read, certainly in my own culture. Graham Fulton's poetry sequence carries the unmistakeable truth of genuine necessary art.
Tom Leonard

He can be hilarious, gut-wrenchingly affecting and deep by turns, turning the relatively small area of his native town and city of Paisley and Glasgow into a universal place, and sharing it with us in his profoundly quiet, powerful voice. The intense humanity of these poems is what you will take with you long after you've read them.
David Manderson

A very strong piece of work painful, touching, compelling and familiar.
Andy Croft

Author Biography

Scottish poet Graham Fulton was born in 1959. Hes been published widely in magazines, anthologies, newspapers and online journals in both Europe and the USA, and his many books of poetry include Humouring the Iron Bar Man (Polygon, 1990), Knights of the Lower Floors (Polygon, 1994), Full Scottish Breakfast (Red Squirrel Press, 2011), One Day in the Life of Jimmy Denisovich (Smokestack Books, 2014), Photographing Ghosts (Roncadora Press, 2014) and Brian Wilson in Swansea Bus Station (Red Squirrel Press, 2015). Hes co-author of Pub Dogs of Glasgow, Pub Dogs of London and Pub Dogs of Manchester, all published by Freight Books. He was a contributor to an anthology of translated Palestinian poetry called A Bird is Not a Stone published by Freight in 2014, and hes also published over 20 pamphlet collections, many of which combine poetry, photography and illustration. He runs Controlled Explosion Press and lives in Paisley.

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