Neptune Blue

Neptune Blue

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`Neptune Blue' opens outside the galaxy and quickly zooms into a computer-generated Paris, dancing past the planets as it goes. With poems that fizz with wit and invention, Simon Barraclough's new collection bursts with crazy hearts and boisterous planets. What do Neptune, Derek Jarman and Edwin Morgan have in common and is Saturn really the undisputed supermodel of the solar system? And with over sixty moons, do its werewolves ever get a night off? If you based a whole new meteorological season on a slippery pool hustler from `The Color of Money', how would such a season feel? Is there money to be made in privatising snow? From the Sun to Pluto; from baby sharks in Miami to the forlorn dogs of Sri Lanka and the unlucky settlers of the imaginary Island of Schalansky; `Neptune Blue' sees Barraclough at his most playful and musical, dishing up a feast for the eyes, the ears, the heart and the mind.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 6mm | 104g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • No
  • 184471764X
  • 9781844717644
  • 1,878,258

Table of contents


We'll Always Have CGI Paris

Being a Woman You Will

Incorrigibly Plural

Hare of the Dog

The Dogs of Trieste

Starfish Heart

Jurassic Coast

Flashbacks of a Fool

Due Cinghiali

St. Francis of the Boston Hilton

Pizza Heart

SoBe It










The Dogs of Sri Lanka

Mr. English at Home

Celeriac Heart

Soldier of Fortune

Examination at Doom's Door

Roman Heart

Owl Creek Bridge

Tapestry Heart

Spotted Flycatcher

Braille Bird

Magpie Heart


In Memoriam Tsutomu Yamaguchi (1916-2010)


Hindenburg Heart

The Remote Island of Schalansky

Old Henry's Advice

Easter Saturday, Hyde Park

Christmas Vixen

Wiki Heart


Anti-personnel Heart


Everything Must Go

Braille Encore

Yuri Norstein Heart

Grady Seasons

Havisham Heart

Zabriskie Point

Wrigley's Heart



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Terse, offbeat vignettes are where Barraclough excels but the highlight is the book's opener, "We'll Always Have CGI Paris", which blurs social commentary, romantic comedy and rhythmic intensity to unlikely effect. -- Ben Wilkinson * The Guardian * Neptune Blue is a dazzlingly inventive collection and a worthy successor to Barraclough's critically acclaimed first collection. It is a book with a tongue in its cheek, its head way above the clouds and its feet firmly on that `blue-green baubled gobsmacker' we call earth. * The Graft Review *
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About Simon Barraclough

Simon Barraclough won the poetry section of the London Writers' Prize in 2000 and is the author of the collections Los Alamos Mon Amour (Salt 2008) and Bonjour Tetris (Penned in the Margins 2010). He is also the editor of the multi-poet homage to Hitchcock's seminal thriller, Psycho Poetica (Sidekick Books 2012) and is co-author (along with Chris McCabe and Isobel Dixon) of The Debris Field: Salvaging the Titanic in Word, Sound and Image (Sidekick Books 2013).
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