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The Following Year / Patrick Chapman

The Following Year

By: Patrick Chapman

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Available now for pre-order.  Orders will ship from 10th May.“Chapman is the Velvet Underground of Irish poetry and makes many poets twenty years his junior look like aspiring archbishops in comparison.”          – Kevin Higgins, reviewing Open Season on the MoonMemory as unreliable narrator; the redemptive power of atheism; our relationship with oranges – these are among the subjects of t...
ISBN 978-1-915022-61-5
Pub Date Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Cover Image Fay Ballard. The cover features a detail from Fay's 'Untitled 11' (2021)
Page Count 84
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Available now for pre-order.  Orders will ship from 10th May.


“Chapman is the Velvet Underground of Irish poetry and makes many poets twenty years his junior look like aspiring archbishops in comparison.”

          – Kevin Higgins, reviewing Open Season on the Moon


Memory as unreliable narrator; the redemptive power of atheism; our relationship with oranges – these are among the subjects of this book, alongside personal responses to cultural touchstones: Leonard Cohen’s oft-quoted ‘Anthem’, Andres Serrano’s devotional Immersion (Piss Christ), and Yoko Ono’s orgasmic ‘Kiss Kiss Kiss’. 

Patrick Chapman's first two collections, Jazztown (1991) and The New Pornography (1996), introduced a fearlessly original voice in modern Irish poetry. The Following Year, his tenth, reveals that voice anew, finding insight and compassion in remembrance and reflection. 


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. 

Darling


It is known

that a never-living child

will haunt the tenant not the house. 

A spirit in the architraves, 

you follow not my home 

but me. 

If I would go out

you could come too,

yet I never leave my room. 

I expect

that you should like

to see a little of the world. 



Lens


If you can recall every frame 

in real time, in order;

can freeze any still, put it up 

on the screen for inspection; 

your life, that Cinerama epic, 

may simply be too long. 

It has taken you five decades 

to watch all the dailies so far. 

Is that a grey hair in the gate? 

Who knows if the cigarette 

burns mark your birthdays; 

if the sound and vision have 

always been in sync. Some kid 

took the old projectionists out 

the back and had them all shot. 



Alien


How tender is the one who made the wasp 

that pounces on the caterpillar, drills

into its body. Ovipositor

bites, the female Glyptapanteles lays

eighty eggs inside the victim. After 

hatching, the larvae feed on the fluids

in the overtaken caterpillar

but do not attack its vital organs;

they must keep the incubator living

as through instars and exoskeletons

they mature. The bloated caterpillar, 

when it is time to leave, they paralyse 

with a chemical. Each larva gnaws its

own way out, stopping up the exit wound 

with one final moulting, caterpillar 

conscious of every rupture. In the space 

of an hour, most of the larvae break free. 

They gather in a mass to spin cocoons. 

The puppet creature, its mind overcome 

by sacrificial larvae left behind,

uses its own dying silk to produce

a protective cover for the pupae.

Their guardian now, the caterpillar

lashes out with its head at any threat

to its abusers. Rearing on hind legs

it swipes blindly at predators, not least

the hyperparasitoids who’d inject

their own eggs into Glyptapanteles.

The newborn wasps abandon their cocoons. 

In time the caterpillar starves to death. 

Remind me of how kind he is, the one

who made all that is made and even this,

the model of a normal family. 

 


(All of the above poems are Copyright © Patrick Chapman, 2024)

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