The poems in Michael Durack’s Flip Sides are set, for the most part, in Ireland’s rural Mid-West with occasional ventures, physically or imaginatively, to Dublin, London, Wales, Amsterdam and the United States. Childhood memories, rural traditions, vanished landscapes, love and loss, sport and music – all the familiar themes from his previous collection, Where It Began – reappear, and the mundane and the surreal lie cheek by jowl. Poems are “interrogated”, Sean Bean morphs into the Shan Van Vocht of Irish folk-lore, a suburban rail commuter experiences Groundhog Day and The Rosary is interrupted by the Great Train Robbery. Flip Sides could be compared to a juke box which, as often as not, plays the B-Sides of the 45 rpm singles, providing the reader with a series of unexpected treats.
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Date of Publication: 10/08/2020