Shenanigans is the highly-anticipated second collection by award-winning poet Patrick Lodge. From the Irish sionnachuighim, meaning “I play the fox,” ‘shenanigans’ can be found throughout this cleverly crafted collection – in wry remark and delicate wordplay, in the interweaving of distinct landscapes and voices. At once familiar and strange, Lodge’s poems are rich in detail and narrative – astute observations that transport the reader to a whole new world with each turn of the page.
'In rich, muscular language, Patrick Lodge transports us from the familiar world of Roger the Dodger and a spa pool aqua aerobics class to distant shores: Italy, Vietnam, Cambodia, Anglesey, Australia. In these observant, evocative poems he sketches whole worlds in his confident free verse.'
— Carole Bromley
‘From the local baths to the Berlin Wall, to Greece, Africa and Saigon, in this collection Patrick Lodge rounds up the precise, scattered moments that make us all human.'
— Oz Hardwick
'Patrick Lodge writes beautifully about the edges of humanity, the borders, the places where humans become animals … a fascinating journey.'
— Brendan McCormack
'Here is bedrock precision; words chosen with thought, not for effect; because they are ‘right’ words... The poet’s craft is everywhere admirable, and the content is equally so.'
— Wendy Klein, The High Window
Date Published: 2016-04-14
Catalogue Number: VP0087
Number of Pages: 82
Cover illustration by Denise Phelps
Cover design by Rosa Campbell
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