The Dogs of Humanity – Colin Dardis @purelypoetry @fly_press , a #GuestPost

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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but I’m sharing a guest post written by Colin Dardis, author of ‘The Dogs of Humanity’, to promote this book.
Before I let you read it, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Dardis author photoColin Dardis is a poet, editor, arts coordinator, sound artist and creative writing tutor based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has gained much accolade as a writer pioneering contemporary northern Irish poetry. He is prominent on the Belfast spoken poetry scene and has been recognised by numerous awards. Colin has been shortlisted for the Cobh Readers & Writers Poetry Competition 2019, Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2018/2019 and a finalist for the Princemere Poetry Prize 2017, to name a few.

Synopsis :

perf5.830x8.270.inddIn this collection, Colin Dardis reflects upon the primitive that lives alongside and within us all; exploring the experience of living creatures, and their expression of it. While there is a dissonance, this expression at times incomprehensible, the sentiment of “solitude and neglect” is one shared. A lonesome dog barks his “unknown plight” through the town’s streets while the solitary author listens in shared darkness. This poetry challenges and inspires. It lays bare the universal desire for nourishment, attention and love; offering new ways of thinking about ourselves and the many communities in which we live.

“Wry, melancholy, and wise, Colin Dardis’s The Dogs of Humanity confirms his status as one of Ireland’s most original contemporary voices. These are poems that circle, pack-like, around the truths of our humanity – our violence, our anxieties, and above all, our potential for love.”
– Jess Traynor

“With subject-matter this fresh, and an avoidance of zeitgeist poetry, what really sets the work apart tonally and in subject is its assumption of a counter-position at all times. The result is original writing. No poetic braggadocio here: just great poetry.
– Mary O’Donnell

“The voice in these poems is insightful, urgent but compassionate making the collection an enjoyable but unsettling read”
– Mel McMahon, Author of Beneath Our Feet

Guest Post :

The Dog at the Table

I am not moving towards you
in a way that is threatening
or foreboding. Trust me.

My steps are like my syntax,
measuring out in drops of caution,
spaced in order to give you breath.

As a girl might approach a boy
in a high street coffee shop
only after finishing her drink

might I come to you now
with a lip of foam hiding
the coquettishness of my walk.

And you will stay seated,
reading Milan Kundera’s
The Book of Laughter

and Forgetting, as you get
lost in a sentence, and forget
to look up to the angels.

Look up from your borderline.
I’m tearing up the packets.
I’m adding sugar to your tea.

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