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Mick Guffan — Inner London Buddha
Mick Guffan - Inner London Buddha - Tangerine Press
  • Two editions: trade paperback & 50 numbered copies

"If art is required to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed then this collection succeeds beyond expectation. From out of desolation rises an unadorned humanity. The words leave an echo that resonates deeply."
Never Imitate

Inner London Buddha
is the definitive collection by poet/builder Mick Guffan. One hundred poems, gleaned from numerous long out-of-print chapbooks, unpublished collections, forgotten websites and obscure literary magazines, consider such diverse and troublesome subjects as unemployment, melancholia, The Wild Bunch, alcohol, heroin, crystal meth, sex, pornography, celibacy, Tramadol, buddhism, James Joyce, the family, the construction industry, perverted landlords and yes, some love for good measure.

with a preface by Alan Dent

Mr Dent is a poet, critic, short-story writer and novelist. He founded and edited The Penniless Press and its successor MQB. He has published hundreds of reviews of modern poetry.

& specially commissioned artwork by Krent Able

Mr Able is a comic artist and illustrator, based in London. Since 2009, his work has appeared in The Stool Pigeon, The Guardian, NME, Vice and Buzzfeed, and has been exhibited in The Vice Illustration Show, Comics Unmasked, amongst others.

AVAILABLE IN TWO EDITIONS:

Paperback £12

Price with shipping

Numbered/signed/art £130

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First printing

£12 plus shipping

144 pages. Format approx. 7"/170mm wide x 10"/240mm tall. Acid-free card covers and text paper; full colour title page; acid-free brown endpapers. Printed & bound in England. ISBN: 978-1-910691-24-3

Front cover photo by John Gladdy.

Black & white illustration by Krent Able.

50 Numbered/signed/artwork copies

£130 plus shipping

144 pages. Pinched Crown format, approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; full colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-910691-23-6

Additional colour artwork by Krent Able only in this edition.

Quarter bound with Fabriano Tiziano red paper covered boards and Japanese silk burnt orange spine; front cover artwork embossed in black; acid-free text paper. Additional colour artwork by Krent Able is Indigo printed onto Mohawk Superfine paper and forms part of the 3-page ‘stepped’ Fabriano Tiziano front endpapers — the other page colours being 'grey with flecks' and black. Fabriano Tiziano 'grey with flecks' back endpapers.

Includes a gift reading copy of the first print paperback.

Signed by Alan Dent, Krent Able and publisher/binder Michael Curran.

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"If art is required to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed then this collection succeeds beyond expectation. From out of desolation rises an unadorned humanity. The words leave an echo that resonates deeply."
Never Imitate

"Time and again, he writes words that strike you with earnest truth, a prosaic brutality..."
Bookmunch


SOME OTHER COMMENTS ON MICK GUFFAN'S POETRY:

"The poems [in The Bastard Brother] are short, unadorned and written in the type of stark, gruff English which provides its own music, and which echoes most after you put the book down. The topics are also “uncomfortable” — unemployment, Threadneedle Street, emotional breakdowns, sleeping rough — but the fact that they aren’t done melodramatically, just stated with a quiet sense of resigned desolation, gives them a depth and poignancy that might not otherwise have been possible."
The Skinny

"The nasty business of being human is ever in his thoughts."
— Trevor Reeves, Southern Ocean Review

"'Roughsleeper' is a wonderful poem."
— Heathcote Williams

Mick Guffan (1953-2006) was born in An Sciobairín, Cork, Ireland, the youngest of five brothers. He came to England at the age of 18, working variously as a taxi driver, airplane cleaner and finally as a carpenter. He died at St. George’s Hospital, Tooting, London on 14th June 2006, his body set about by nervous exhaustion following a gun shot wound.

Alan Dent is a poet, critic, short-story writer and novelist. He founded and edited The Penniless Press and its successor MQB. He has published hundreds of reviews of modern poetry, many of them collected in his book, Too Much Toothache: The Malaise of Modern Poetry. He is currently working on a book about Joe Orton: Entertaining Hypocrites: The Playwriting of Joe Orton.

Krent Able is a comic artist and illustrator, based in London. Since 2009, his work has appeared in The Stool Pigeon, The Guardian, NME, Vice and Buzzfeed, and has been exhibited in The Vice Illustration Show, Comics Unmasked, amongst others. His Big Book of Mischief was published in 2012 by Knockabout Comics. In 2016 Mr Able co-wrote and starred in Ink, Cocks & Rock ‘n’ Roll, a short film about his life and work, by award-winning film director Matt Harlock.

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