Full Blood is Out Now
April 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
I hope you love this book, I think you will find much in it to move you and make you think. In many ways it it a very European/Indian book, and is a challenge to contemporary literature, and to ourselves. Please tell others about it: review it on Amazon, in the press and blogs etc, get you library and bookshop to stock it, read poems to others and pass on this book’s gifts if you enjoy it; and don’t if you don’t.
In these very difficult times for the arts, it is only the act of reciprocity and the passing on and sharing of things we care about which will get us through. The machine ideas of taking the gift of art and keeping it for oneself to only further one’s own sense of limited self is exactly why this mess exists in the first place. So here’s to art leading to art, and human beings creating human things.
“John Siddique’s new collection takes the reader down the street and round the world. This is a brave and a bold book of linked poems whose subjects range widely from love to hate, from war to peace, from childhood to adulthood, from the real world to the world of myth. Siddique is interested in everything. Tender and open-hearted, these poems are full of wonder at the power of love. Dreamy and yet direct, this is Siddique’s most powerful collection yet.”
– Jackie Kay
“In this beautiful new collection John Siddique seduces the reader with his life-affirming reflections on our mortality and a profoundly moving poetic interplay of tenderness, love and eroticism.”
– Dr. Claire Chambers
Date: 5 May 2011
Venue: Manchester City Library, Deansgate, Manchester
Date: 22 June 2011
Venue: Poetry Café, Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London
Dresscode ‘A Touch of Red’.