As the Crow Flies
About the book…
Although deeply rooted in the traditions of the well-crafted lyric, John Brown’s As the Crow Flies sings with a delightful contemporarity absorbing such influences as concrete verse and American beat poetry to produce a new and refreshing voice in northern Irish letters.
Remarkable in his technical assurance, Brown is fully at home with the short lyric and, in his formidable sequence exploring the cultural and imaginative legacies of life in the north of Ireland, Cuchulainn Unbound, with the necessary poetic and intellectual rigours of the longer poem.
The voice of this collection echoes, but is not in thrall to, such diverse exemplars as Seamus Heaney, T.S. Eliot, Ginsberg and Padraic Fiacc, creating a satisfying and energetic poetic dialogue between the past and the present. The poems’ central persona shows a sensibility slightly at odds with the unrealities of ordinary life with an ironical stance shot through with passion, humour and self-awareness.