THE APPLE GHOST
Poems by John Glenday
John Glenday was born in 1952 in Monifieth, Scotland. At different times he has been a student of English, a van driver, a printer’s devil and a compositor, but he now works as a psychiatric nurse in Dundee. Married with two sons, he co-edits the Blind Serpent Press with his wife, Penny.
The Apple Ghost, John Glenday’s first volume of poetry, reveals a preoccupation with communication and its ultimate failure in poems which explore the relationship between family and strangers, words and shadows, silence and light. His themes range from dreamlike retrospectives to a gentle, apocalyptic allegory of social and literary decline. The final, haunting sequence (From An Occupied Country) traces the collapse of an unnamed civilization – its petty tragedies and inevitable drift towards extinction.
‘. . . this good, grave, original voice’
Danny O’Rourke / Glasgow Herald
‘His is an intricate but moving verse which makes its appeal at various levels.’
Joseph Farrell / The Scotsman
At the presses, they grumble constantly
about the quality of ink; although this makes
the books more difficult to burn.
No fresh types issue from the rook-filled
foundries. Old characters are wearing back
towards ancestral runes.
The newspapers no longer convey information,
but generate a speculative philosophy
based on rumour, and the size of type.
The poor malnourished printers suffer dreadfully
with hacks. They tell us how painful
they find it, touching those long words.
THE APPLE GHOST
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Cover illustration: ‘The Apple Ghost’ by Malcolm Brown
Publication: APRIL 1989 (64 pages laminated paperback)