The Year of the Crab

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by Gordon Meade

There is nothing fancy in The Year of the Crab; there is nothing fancy about cancer. The power of the poems lies in the simplicity of the language, and the bald yet beautiful and touching observations made by Gordon Meade during the year following his diagnosis: the joy of eating a fresh apricot; the indignities of treatment; meditations on life and death; watching the clear-up after a strong wind that, like the cancer, no one has seen coming.

978-0-9957381-3-3. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 88pp. October 2017. Poetry. £10.00

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Gordon Meade is a Scottish poet who lives in Fife. Over the past twenty years or so he has divided his time between his own writing, devising creative writing courses for vulnerable young people and adults in a variety of settings, and reading from his work in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. He has been a Fellow in Creative Writing at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Writer in Residence for Dundee District Libraries, and a Royal Literary Fellow attached to the University of Dundee. The Year of the Crab is his ninth collection of poetry.

The Year of the Crab has an unflinching honesty that cuts to the bone of what it is to experience cancer. Utterly lacking in self-pity or sentimental cliché, it is a profoundly moving and beautiful collection of poems.

Aoife Mannix, author of Cocktails from the Ceiling

In his latest collection, Gordon Meade takes us on an immersive and courageous poetic journey which begins with a diagnosis of cancer in 2014. Meade’s observations, candidness and compelling emotional openness give this collection a relevance not only to fellow travellers, but to all of us trying to make sense of the human predicament. You’ll find him ‘leaning into the sharp points’ of fear, pain and loss, but also tasting moments of exquisite sweetness, intense beauty, and boundless love.

Lindsay Macgregor, author of The Weepers

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