KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY by Marc Brightside
This is a narrative poetry collection based around the theme of lying: the necessity of lying, the lies we tell ourselves, manipulation and artistic cynicism. Other aspects that are explored throughout include groupthink, commercialism, trends, relationships and self-fulfilment.
The poems, in three segments, trace the young writer's development through his abusive childhood, his transition into adulthood and his realisation of deceptions and pomposity in the commercial and artistic worlds that exist beyond his university creative writing course.
Lying in the moonlight would be too
romantic, so we chose a cloudy day.
Just pretend that it was raining.
A spotlight parting entertained our fantasies.
For a moment I was Mr Bailey; my lover,
she was Mary. I lassoed the moon.
— Marc Brightside
Amazon reviews of "Keep it in the Family" :
Highly recommended for anyone interested in unpretentious, thought-provoking modern poetry. Right from the start the book grips the reader - Eleven Years of May is a big, heavy-hitting poem that I keep coming back to (no wonder it was one of the winners in the 2016 National Poetry comp) and this book has several in this vein, interspersed with poems that range from bleak to (darkly) humorous. A top first book and Marc is a new poet to keep an eye on. (TLE)
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