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The Darwin Vampires / Patrick Chapman

The Darwin Vampires

By: Patrick Chapman

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The Darwin Vampires, Patrick Chapman's fifth collection, draws on life as much as on imagination, candidly exploring themes of memory, death, fractured love, and the strangeness of the world. From the Pushcart-Prize-nominated title poem, through wistful elegies for lost childhood innocence, to the final, affecting sequence on mortality, The Darwin Vampires is an addictive and immersive experience. ...
ISBN 978-1-907056-30-7
Pub Date Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Cover Image Fallen Roses © by Elizabeth Glover. Reproduced with the kind permission of the artist. More info: elizabethglover.com
Page Count 74
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The Darwin Vampires, Patrick Chapman's fifth collection, draws on life as much as on imagination, candidly exploring themes of memory, death, fractured love, and the strangeness of the world. From the Pushcart-Prize-nominated title poem, through wistful elegies for lost childhood innocence, to the final, affecting sequence on mortality, The Darwin Vampires is an addictive and immersive experience.

Patrick Chapman

Patrick Chapman has published ten volumes of poetry and five other books since 1991. He has also written audio dramas for Doctor Who and Dan Dare; an award-winning short film; and television for children. A founding editor of poetry magazine The Pickled Body, he lives in Dublin. 

The Darwin Vampires

for Catherine

Being loth to sink in at your neck, they prefer to drink
Between your toes.  They revel in the feet; they especially
Enjoy those places in between, where microbial kingdoms,
Overthrown with a pessary, render needle-toothed
Injuries invisible; where any trace of ingress, lost in the fold,

Is conspicuous - as they themselves in daylight are -
By its absence.  You will hardly notice that small
Sting; might not miss a drop until the moment
That the very last is drained.  And when you're six
Beneath the topsoil, you will never rise to join them.
 
Rather, you will be a hint; a fluctuating butterfly;
A taste-regret on someone's tongue; a sudden tinted
Droplet in the iris of a fading smile; a blush upon
A woman's rose; a broken vein in someone's eyelid -
Always one degree below what's needed to be warm.



Gloria Mundi

In that recurring future memory,
I push out from the capsule's
Open hatch - my Mercury
Recalling Alan Shepard's.
Snug within a pressure suit,
I'm paid out on the tether line
That tautens until, breaking
Tensile limits, it whips free,
Unleashing an infinity
In which I feel no terror.
Rather, lost in wonder at the sky, 
I find a liberation in accepting
That I'll die out here.
There's nowhere I would rather die.
Moreover, beatifically
Mislaid between the moon
And Cape Canaveral,
I revel in being utterly alone,
Elated in my weightlessness -
The last breath in my lungs expelled
To hush a fragile wisp
From that frail atmosphere
Of bygone Earth above where
Nature ever dared to blow. 
The flower of an astral ghost,
My final exhalation, leaves
A shrinking mist upon the glass.
Embalmed by space and gliding
Out of orbit, now descending
To cremation-by-re-entry -
I desire within my reverie
To settle on the solar wind,
And float serenely far beyond Centauri.
Review: Books Ireland February 2011

Chapman's writing credits rane from poetry and fiction to radio and television scripts. He co-founded the Irish Literary Revival Website in 2006, which makes available out-of-print books by Irish authors. Perhaps he may be seen principally as a poet as this is his fifth collection. The first was in 1991 and the fourth in 2008. The title poem and others like 'Saint Dracula', 'Oubliette' and 'Funeral Song' give this collection a Gothic feel and some of the poems have a melancholy theme like the loss of childhood, death and unhappy love. Indeed the overall tone is one of sadness and anger. In many of the poems Chapman explores personal relationships but in others, like 'Oubliette', he addresses issues in the wider world. These poems lack the whimsy self-indulgence that is the hallmark of much modern poetry but they have a genuine emotional grip that can be disturbing.



Patrick Chapman interviewed by GROUP 8 - AN ARTISTS COLLECTIVE IN BALLINASLOE, GALWAY, IRELAND
(November 3rd, 2010)

http://thegroup8.blogspot.com/2010/11/patrick-chapman-interview.html



Poems from "The Darwin Vampires" on the Peonymoon blog (May 2011)

http://peonymoon.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/patrick-chapmans-the-darwin-vampires/

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