The Pearls from the Pound Shop by Jerry Twomey
A chapbook published by Clock Gate Press.
It can be bought directly from the author for €7.50
The Pearls from the Pound Shop is a chapbook of the best of my early work. Thirty poems are featured and are loosely interpreted and illustrated at intervals throughout the book in pen and ink by Fiona Kelly.
These are the first tentative steps I took of calling myself a poet and having called myself a poet, going on to show my poetry to the world. Many of the poems went on to be published in what used to be known, in the days before the world wide web, as reputable literary outlets such as Poetry Ireland.
The poems have something in them still for me, something I cannot quite put my finger on, which in hindsight is no bad thing, no bad thing in a world where analysis is paralysis. I hope I won’t live long enough to turn my back on these pieces or deny the boy who made them up out of his head, on his way home along the barrack road.
High Are The Waters, Heaven Sent by Jerry Twomey
A chapbook published by Independent Publisher Lapwing Publications in Belfast.
It can be bought directly from the author for €8.50
High are the Waters, Heaven Sent is a collection of forty poems, the natural, the supernatural and the struggle to fully express oneself are running gags throughout the crowded pages of this chapbook. The time it was written and circumstances within which I found myself lost at that time are best summed up by the opening lines from a long poem the title of which is also the first line…
“I had adopted their poet’s apolitical stance. I had tried in the throes of a writing trance, to free my thinking of all ideology, to stop drinking, to stop, above all the Codology of concerning myself with ephemeral chatter, you would swear I was squatting a flat and food did not matter but even in that at last I have failed, seems at cross purposes with my past I am nailed to my present circumstances wherein my wife is expecting and my swans are reflecting elephants once again.”
Christmas Conundrum by Jerry Twomey
Christmas Conundrum is a long story poem with pictures, with a calamitous beginning, a scary middle full of mischievous fun and unfillable voids and a happy ending, happy because after all its Christmas.
It is a family saga where all the characters make an appearance, from the grandmother to the family dog. All are individuals, like a proper family, far from perfect and full of their own colourful selves who try to make sense of the conundrum to no avail.
This is a book for children and adults of all ages. Whether or not your child, inner child or otherwise, can divine the depths and nuances they will love the fine illustrations and the parade of marvelous personalities across these pages.
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