The New Pornography
ISBN: 1 897648 77 4
Page Count: 96
Publication Date: Monday, January 01, 1996
Cover Artwork: Mike O'Toole (Estresso)
About this Book
The New Pornography, Patrick Chapman's second collection, takes the reader on a perverse and darkly humourous trip. America, viruses, a fear of falling satellites, the uterus as birthday present ... a baby born backwards into the womb - this new collection takes as a starting point some of the themes of Chapman's acclaimed Jazztown, while exploring strange and wonderful new directions of its own.
Patrick Chapman was born in 1968. His other poetry collections are Jazztown (Raven Arts Press, 1991) and Breaking Hearts & Traffic Lights (Salmon Poetry, 2008). He has also written a collection of short fiction, The Wow Signal (Bluechrome, 2007); an audio drama, Doctor Who: Fear of the Daleks (Big Finish, 2007); and an award-winning film, Burning the Bed (2003), which he adapted from his own published short story. Directed by Denis McArdle, the film stars Gina McKee and Aidan Gillen. In 2003, he won first prize in the story category of the Cinescape Genre Literary Contest. In 2006, he and Philip Casey founded the Irish Literary Revival website. He lives in Dublin.
Praise for The New Pornography
"Patrick Chapman's first collection, Jazztown, was published by Raven Arts Press about five years ago. The New Pornography is a darkly humorous collection divided into five sections with faintly Gothic headings, among them 'Necropolis Chic', 'Blind Voyeur', 'Disease Variations', this last containing poems with equally disturbing titles such as 'I Am John's Virus', 'Viral', 'In Extremis', and including a poem entitled 'Robert Mapplethorpe: Aspects of Self-Portrait 1988':
The dressing gown becomes a coffin;
The large leather armchair, a fire.
The crown-embroidered slippers walk away.
Thankfully, it's not all shadow and heaviness, though it must be said that in Chapman's darkest poems, a sense of compassion redeems things. Small, funny poems pop up here and there. But overall, Chapman's stylish and crafted pessimism assumes dominance. There is a linguistic bravery evident in these poems which augurs well for later work."
The Irish Times
"Particular poems are startling in their originality, humour and sparseness of language."
The Irish Emigrant
Praise for Jazztown
"A remarkably confident, not to say swaggering, debut for a poet still in his early twenties."
The Irish Times
"A sharp and startling debut it surely is. His urban vignettes, while appearing relaxed, are honed down till every word pays its way."
"First collection by a young writer who refuses to play safe. Wonderful, original, modern fables are encountered in this book. One of the few books around which is compelling to read. 'Heathaze' is a small triumph of perfect rhythm and original observation and 'The Walls Replied' quivers with emotion, but 'Night Landing' is easily my favourite. The opening is brilliant: 'In her nightdress is the pattern of a ghost./There are twenty and a half small spirits sewn into/the nylon...' and any writer who can come up with something like that...has a rare ability to startle."