Geoff Cochrane

Acetylene

ISBN: 9780864734198
$24.95

Geoff Cochrane’s poetry is at once lush and severe. There is no one else quite like him.

At the heart of Geoff Cochrane’s third full-length collection of poems is a moving sequence on the death of the poet’s father. Traceable in the poems that surround it are other narratives of loss and need: of an unconsummated love, and of a life at the very margin of the new economy.

My father dies;
I’m diagnosed as having . . . never mind;
my longing for a leggy journalist
is slowly starved to death.
Yes, where I heal I’m bland.
A coffee bar provides
festivity enough, my daily fix.
I read the blackboard chalked in limes and pinks:
Obey your thirst -
Bacon and Eggs, $6.00 -
Extract me the soldier from the sputnik.

Praise for Acetylene

. . . vivid and moving. The stirring sequence on the death of Cochrane's father is quite outstanding.
Hamish Wyatt OTAGO DAILY TIMES

Cochrane's poetry is both dirty and miraculous.

SALIENT

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