BOOK REVIEW: SpaceCraft by John McCullough

June 25, 2016



John  McCullough

John McCullough’s first collection of poems, The Frost Fairs, won the Polari First Book Prize and captivated many readers immediately with his delicate, comprehensive and utterly deceptive and subtle use of words to capture the momentum of love in our lives.

McCullough turns his deviously calm mind to the subject of space in this collection, the stuff that separates us, connects & divides, illuminates us, suffocates and ultimately defines us. A central sequence concerns the death of his first partner from an AIDS-related illness and the book uses punctuation, obsolete words and physical printed space to navigate the white space of the page and the distance between people.

Margins, edges and coastlines abound in John McCullough’s tender, humorous explorations of contemporary life and love. Encompassing everything from lichen to lava lamps, and from the etymology of words to Brighton’s gay scene, Spacecraft is a humane and spellbinding collection. I’m a fully signed up member of the ‘I adore Mc Cullough’ fan club. More please….

Out now £9.99

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