Sounds of the Real World

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Gordon-Meade-9780992648503-Front-coverby Gordon Meade

Sounds of the Real World is partly a bestiary, where man and creature are ‘separated by nothing but a pane of glass’. The sea is ‘a simmer in a pan’ throughout, charting the poet’s move from his native Scotland to inner city London. Gordon Meade is not just standing and staring at nature; these poems offer social commentary as well as candid reflections on relationships, memory and mortality.

Paperback; 104pp; 203×127 mm; 978-0-9926485-0-3; August 2013; Cultured Llama; £10.00

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Gordon Meade is a Scottish poet who now lives in London.

Over the past twenty years or so he has divided his time between his own writing, devising creative writing courses for vulnerable young people in a variety of different settings and reading from his own work in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.

He has also 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 Fund Writing Fellow attached to the University of Dundee.

Sounds of the Real World is his seventh collection of poetry.

The vicissitudes of tide and weather, the creatures that are his motifs – from the slugs ground under his father’s heel to the ghostly gorillas at Heidelberg Zoo – and the vagaries of his own heredity … all are depicted with clarity and vitality, the familial poems instilling a sense of lurking unease.
Stewart Conn, author of The Breakfast Room

You expect a new book of poems by Gordon Meade to be full of weather, birds, fish and animals (including humans). Sounds of the Real World doesn’t disappoint. In his deceptively simply matter-of-fact, sharply observant way, Meade delineates our relationship with the natural world and with each other, adding a dollop of zen wisdom. And running through the book is Meade’s passion, the sea, like life both ‘wavering and constant’.
Hamish Whyte, author of The Unswung Axe

To read Gordon Meade’s poems is to feel you’ve met the man, walked and talked with him and shared his way of looking at the world with an acutely observant eye and a wry and imaginative mind. A poet who is a life companion.
Diana Hendry, author of Late Love & Other Whodunnits

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