Working Class Voodoo

NEW! Poetry Collection by Bobby Parker

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Working Class Voodoo

NEW! Poetry Collection by Bobby Parker

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Bobby Parker’s Working Class Voodoo is an enterprise of dark metaphysics which exists in the same tradition as Thomas de Quincey and Elizabeth Bishop. Punishing, plaintive, improper, vitally comic, Parker employs a vibrato narrative deeply concerned with the cost of both journey and arrival, with the irresistible darkness of both humour and tragedy in contrast and counter to one another. In poems which push at questions of contemporary masculinity, of the domestic and of the bonds of family, our unreliability, our desires, our addictions and our weaknesses are both indulged and confronted. Yet where such commitment to the uncovering of artifice might be expected to provoke disdain, Parker’s singing faith in human love is what these poems reveal. What is lost will be recovered, and what was thought impossible will be achieved, no matter the darkness, no matter the weight. Working Class Voodoo is a confessional and a challenge, and a swampy, seductive ride into the night.

Praise for Working Class Voodoo by Bobby Parker:

‘No one said this was going to be beautiful but for some reason it is’. This is my favorite Bobby Parker collection yet.’ –Raymond Antrobus

‘All hail the unlegislated King of Kidderminster, the royalty of backstreets, semen, bad whiskey, cheap drugs and supermarkets. No other poet tells it like it is by telling it like it isn’t for most of us, no one else tells it quite so slant, or reclined.’ –Daljit Nagra

‘[B]rutal, honest, and startlingly good.’ –Bethany W. Pope

‘[These poems] present a fresh challenge (and genuine cause for alarm) to the cosy refinements and polite distinctions of the vast majority of contemporary British poetry.’ –Sam Riviere

‘Gripping, weird, relatable but alienating, emotional, totally fantastic poetry.’ - Café Writers