The Lost Museums
About the book…
In every direction the museum,my love, stretches a city mile. Each morning we wait for the jewels of the day.- from ‘The Museum of Extinct Species’
Described by Daragh Carville as ‘dazzling’, Matt Kirkham’s poetry will befamiliar to readers through his inclusion in such major local series as New Soundings (Blackstaff Press, 2003) and Poetry Introductions 1 (Lagan Press,2004), establishing him as one of the most inventive Northern Irish poets of the younger generation. In his eagerly-awaited first full collection, The Lost Museums, Kirkham brings to his poetry all the virtues of those earlier outings: technical assurance, intellectual rigour, dry humour and a charming sense of the playful. Indicative of Kirkham’s artistic ambition, all the poems here take museums actual and metaphorical as their starting point. Yet beneath the surface objectivity, the collection is a compelling series of narrative explorations, reflections, retellings, flights of fancy and personal recollections. Carefully constructed and shaped, The Lost Museums is a poetically daring attempt to make sense of the detritus of our private and social lives.