The English Funerals – Chris McCully


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ISBN 978-1-912616-09-1 | Prose Poetry | Tile (175mm x 160mm), Paperback, 60pp

The English Funerals is a collection of ten-line prose poems which embody an exploration of ‘epic’ verse and instantiate epic themes: the crossing of water, the consultation of oracles, descents into under– or otherworlds; the presence of miraculous beasts, and the immanence of death. Each short text allusively or explicitly contains three such themes and they are presented in a variety of voices – some old, some contemporary.

The effect is that of an aural mosaic: each poem (tile) itself represents an epic fragment, but is juxtaposed with other tiles which themselves yield another story, another fragment of the epic whole – a disconcerting geography, whose voices and histories are present only briefly on the rim of extinction.

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