Book Cover: Unsweet Dreams
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: € 12.00
ISBN: 978-1-907056-86-4
Pages: 80

Anne Le Marquand Hartigan selected poems.

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Publisher: Salmon Poetry
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Come little pigeon
Take a message to my love,
Say what I dare not

On your pink leg
Carry my heart.

Forgive Us Our Trespasses

What place do your children give you?

They will allow you to trespass on their
green gardens but wait for you to go
because they tell their friends their secrets
Not you.

You are the beginning for them and they want
you behind but left there. Doing nothing
in particular but not rocking the boat.
Don’t do

Anything outrageous until they are middle-aged
then they won’t mind because it will reflect well
to have an interesting foremother. Basically it

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s a
No go area

Parents are increasingly obsolete, dumb dinosaurs
Made to be stuffed

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Reviews:Frank McGuinness wrote:

"This an important collection by a poet in her prime"

"The poems in Unsweet Dreams have at time the stinging brevity of a proverb, the shocking lance of a curse, the last testimony of a farewell, a farewell forever, and the pleasure of telling home truths, particularly when the home is a refuge where only the truth can be told."

Dr. Robert Gordon, Goldsmiths University of London wrote:

"In Anne Le Marquand Hartigan’s Unsweet Dreams complex ideas explode like thought-bombs in the simple language of everyday talk. The musicality of the poems owes much to the subtle and complex use of rhythm. Here are poems on a wide variety of topics, and in a wide range of styles. Tender, loving, blunt, aggressive, witty , seductive, bitchy , sad, philosophical and joyful, the reflections on love, sex and death are articulated in a woman’ s voice yet they make a mockery of clichéd notions of gender. This an important collection by a poet in her prime." 


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