This video shows a slightly earlier version of Maskboy – the title poem from James Wheale’s recently released Burning Eye collection. Enjoy.
Tony’s blockbuster collection Sex & Love & Rock&Roll is out now and available direct from Burning Eye. Full details right here.
There is probably some arcane publishing world rule about not responding to reviews or even acknowledging them. To do so is gauche, a school-boy error, not something one would have done at Oxford. So what, we don’t care, we come from the rough end of town – we can take it! And in any case we don’t get so many reviews round these parts that we take them lying down!
Amongst other good things the reviewer says:
“Rhyming Thunder is a well-produced introduction to a world of poetry that cannot be ignored and deserves to be taken seriously and Burning Eye are to be commended for publishing it”
Quite right we hear you cry!
He goes on to praise Rob Auton, Ray Antrobus, Jodi-Ann Bickley and Deanna Rodger in particular whist emphasising that the Rhyming Thunder poets:
“…are not too far removed from much of the poetry you might find in an Oxbridge professor’s anthology, once you allow for the different worlds the two groups inhabit. However, theRhyming Thunder poets write with far greater energy and commitment than most of their better-reared academic cousins, and their poetry, while perhaps not signalling the kind of revolution that the editors might wish for, certainly represents a clear alternative to the dreary conformity that characterises far too much contemporary verse.”
We will fight anyone who says it ain’t so and have broken into the local off licence in celebration.
After successfully outings in Leeds and Bristol, James Wheale takes his live performance of his new Burning Eye book, Maskboy to London. He is just one of the amazing acts at Flea Circus at the Dogstar. Doors 7.30 only £5! Full details here
And in case you need a taster to either persuade you to see James live or to purchase a copy of this fine book here is a sample:
Here at Burning Eye we know how to round off a week. No better way than with a book. so here its is Burning Eye book number TEN. Yes ten, and it is a beauty and it goes by the name of Maskboy by James Wheale.
Maskboy is an autobiographical story of time machines, magical masks and loss. James Wheale relates the harrowing journey into his own personal heart of darkness, from time traveller to amateur caped crusader, through award-winning poetry. From reading tarot with a witchdoctor to going cold turkey on his past, Maskboy is a funny, brave and honest work that delves into the alter-egos we create to rescue, and ultimately become, ourselves.
“Beautiful, very beautiful” Jacob Denno, Popshot
“A rare triumph.” Byron Vincent
Watch the trailer and meet Maskboy…
‘Fabulous stuff…’ Irvine Welsh
Ten years in the making? Pretty much. Long overdue? For sure. 168 pages packed with Tony’s unique brand of Poetry for the People? Damn right.
Whether dealing with sex, love or rock & roll; heartbreak, grief or Glastonbury, Tony’s poetry consistently packs a powerful emotional punch and then kisses it better. Be warned: these poems contain scenes that may resemble your life.
Sex & Love & Rock&Roll hits the streets next week and you can make sure you bag a copy early doors by positioning your mouse cursor over that buy now button below and giving it a tender loving click.
“‘Too much poetry speaks to too few people’, but Tony Walsh’s poetry speaks to the many. In SEX & LOVE & ROCK&ROLL, words leap off the page: urgent and immediate, like his poetry performances. They tell us how it feels when the needle goes in, / when the bass, when the bass, when the bass, when the bass…” Helen Mort
‘Tony Walsh’s poetry picks you up by the scruff of the neck and shakes you until your teeth rattle. Brilliant stuff!’
Felix Dennis – poet, publisher, Oz trial defendant.