Richie McCaffery

Price £9.99

ISBN: 9781911027430


Date: 27th July 2018

Format: Paperback

Extent: 80 pp





The second collection by Richie McCaffery, following on from his acclaimed debut Cairn (Nine Arches Press, 2014), explores place and displacement, boundaries and borders. At the heart of these poems, McCaffery asks us to consider what belonging is, and how we find our place in life and in language.


'Richie McCaffery's poems operate usually in a small compass, but are charged particles: personal - without pushing it in your face - direct, clear and affecting in what they uncover and what they choose to disclose.' Alexander Hutchison


'I enjoyed these poems immensely. Spare, taut and lucid - there is not a wasted word – they interrogate the experience of a young poet living, as he puts it, "in a maze of symbols, /always in two places at once". I found them both unsettling and often incredibly moving.' – Vicki Feaver


'Passport allows the reader entry to poems of introspection that are searching and self-deprecating, critical and often humorous. The poems operate like small bricks – solid, crafted, everyday - that together construct a fine edifice, a house of existential enquiry that is not cosy or gezellig, but cemented with emotional truths - and where the poet is not afraid to take himself and those around him to task.' - Paul Stephenson

Richie McCaffery is the author of two poetry pamphlets, Spinning Plates (HappenStance Press, 2012) and Ballast Flint (Cromarty Arts Trust, 2013), as well as a debut collection, Cairn (Nine Arches Press, 2014). His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as The Dark Horse, Stand, The Rialto and The Best British Poetry 2012.



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Richie McCaffery's debut collection of poems, Cairn, begins with a dedication and ends with ghosts in between lie artefacts and antiquities: a police whistle, a tarnished silver spoon, a bookmark lodged in an old book. Soaring and melancholy, the poems form signposts in the landscape of life, lore and family, mementoes for the buried and the living. Cairn is an understated and quietly-brilliant collection of poems, where each word is tactile and polished like a beach-combed pebble; these are poems you will want to pocket and treasure.