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The Stern Wave / Noel King

The Stern Wave

By: Noel King

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Noel King's second collection, The Stern Wave, follows the success of his 2010 debut collection, Prophesying the Past. As the title suggests, this collection plays with our sense of environmental conscience but is also quirky, sentimental at times, shocking at times, and King (as always) takes on many personas: a Trinidadian teenager in Stilt School, a budding comedian in At the Edinburgh Fringe, an 18th century Cornish mine...
ISBN 978-1-907056-46-8
Pub Date Monday, March 18, 2013
Cover Image John Morris artist – www.johnmorrisartist.com
Page Count 82
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Noel King's second collection, The Stern Wave, follows the success of his 2010 debut collection, Prophesying the Past. As the title suggests, this collection plays with our sense of environmental conscience but is also quirky, sentimental at times, shocking at times, and King (as always) takes on many personas: a Trinidadian teenager in Stilt School, a budding comedian in At the Edinburgh Fringe, an 18th century Cornish miner in Wheal Prudence, extinct copper mine, Cornwall, 1834, and even an Irish housewife rejected by her GAA loving husband in First of the Month.

Our collective environmental conscience is activated to red alert in “Exposé”, with an Irish town, ravaged by flood waters : bank officials in wellingtons/wet with tears the plasma TVs ruined/ and the coffins of my ancestors/bob aimlessly,/gurgling sounds fade to silence/and a drowned rat/who missed the boat/floats.

The title, The Stern Wave, comes from the lead poem in the collection, Painter, where a suicidal landscape artist is obsessed with painting ropes and different types of knots: I see ropes everywhere, am painting a series of knots: love knots/strangle knots, a rolling hitch/the Dutch cringle/the slipper hitch/ the stern wave/ the mooring hitch, the hairy devil/ and sling-stone knots for lobster pots.

Ireland's peacekeeping forces in The Lebanon are remembered in Daughter's Hero, Ireland's crime state is brought into stark reality in Mummies, Even The Beatles are remembered in Enthusiast and Vertigo.

The different voices and personas in The Stern Wave are what gives it it's quirkiness, spontaneity and a wry, tongue-in-cheek sense of humour.

Noel King

Noel King was born and lives in Tralee, Co Kerry. In this his 50th year, he has reached his 1000th publication of a poem, haiku or short story in magazines, periodicals and journals in thirty-eight countries. His previous poetry collections are published by Salmon: Prophesying the Past (2010) and The Stern Wave (2013). He has edited more than fifty books of work by others and was poetry editor of Revival Literary Journal (Limerick Writers’ Centre) in 2012/13. Anthology publications include The Second Genesis: An Anthology of Contemporary World Poetry (AR.A.W., India, 2014). A short story collection, The Key Signature & Other Stories is due in 2016. He also enjoys acting and singing in amateur musical theatre and plays and in the odd film. He was once a Bunratty Castle entertainer. www.noelking.ie



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