The Place Inside

By Matthew Geden

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Second collection from UK born poet based in Kinsale, Co. Cork
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Matthew Geden’s second collection of poems explores questions of belonging and displacement, travel and the challenges of maintaining meaningful connection in an ever-changing world. In ‘Time Passes’, after Pierre Reverdy, he writes “He never found any shelter other than space”, and many of the poems echo this sense of being “on the edge, halfway out / the door”. The poems are liable to zoom out to a cool objective view, informed by historical insight, but they also chart intimate relationships and love which have the power to alter not just the poet’s view but perhaps even the world itself: “the mountains blush / under the glint / in your eye”. The poem ‘Limbo’ records one of the many hauntings to which the self is vulnerable, the presence and pull of the past, concluding: “I can’t go back, return to the house / where I was born, the spinney / in which I lived. I would see / myself in the hallway, outside / the living-room door, listening for news / of the adult world, my childhood in limbo.”

“In many ways, The Place Inside is a study of the soul in isolation — its natural state. Often the figure in the poem is alone by choice, and this collection very much honours the experience of the introvert.”
— Jennifer Matthews, Southword


ISBN 978 1 906614 56 0 Paperback
140 x 216 mm
May 2012

Dimensions216 × 140 mm
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