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  • Published: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446443156
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 64

Spanish Fly



The long-awaited second collection by the prize-winning Neil Rollinson

Continuing where he left off with A Spillage of Mercury, Neil Rollinson's eagerly awaited new collection delves again into the dark, moist, unexpected bag of human experience. Taking the themes of love, sex, and life's unpredictable mysteries and excitements, he scrapes away at the veneer of normality to reveal a world that is instantly stranger and more compelling than before.

Rollinson revisits the erotic with his usual wit and bravado, in poems that are sometimes playful and sensitive, sometimes visceral and shocking. He explores scientific subjects through bedroom eyes, introducing the idea of entropy to the lovers' lexicon; he makes sport a backdrop for loneliness - his characters playing golf on the moon, taking the final penalty in the shoot-out, or wandering aimlessly and forever through the high grass of the village-cricket boundary.

Diverse and provocative, vibrant and accessible, Spanish Fly is an unusually happy combination: a successful stimulant and a wholly satisfying performance.

  • Published: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446443156
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 64

About the author

Neil Rollinson

Neil Rollinson has published three collections: A Spillage of Mercury (1996), Spanish Fly (2001) and Demolition (2007). He is a past winner of the National Poetry Competition (1997) and recently received a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors. He lives and works in Brighton.

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Praise for Spanish Fly

Very few poets hit the ground running like this. Move over, Catullus and Villon.

Tibor Fischer, Good Book Guide

An enthralling tale set among the lost dreams of post-Depression era America... Ferguson will undoubtedly reach more readers with this fast and funny story.

The Book Seller

Overall this is a teriffic novel - complex but fun, philosophical but sharp, perceptive but ambiguous.

Sunday Herald

Ferguson's comic picaresque is a delights, and the book would have worked just as well at twice the length.

Financial Times

This is a richly atmospheric novel that seduces you with its reckless hedonism, feats of incredible ingenuity and fabulous costumes.

New Statesman

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