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Come to the River

ByMark RussellBeir Bua Press

Usually printed in 3 - 5 business days Mark Russell’s collections are Men Who Repeat Themselves (erbacce), Shopping for Punks (Hesterglock) and Spearmint & Rescue (Pindrop). His poems have appeared in various journals, including Poetry Wales, bath magg, The Manchester Review, Stand, and The Rialto. He lives in Scotland.Mark Russell’s collections are Men Who Repeat Themselves (erbacce), Shopping for Punks (Hesterglock) and Spearmint & Rescue (Pindrop). His poems have appeared in various journals... “Mark Russell’s Come to the River is a collection of prose-poems which follows a continuous narrative, centred around the polite depravity of an academic conference. Come to the River successfully ties together elements of poetry, drama and fiction, creating a unique and often compelling collection with hints of innovative dramatists like Beckett, Chekhov and Miller alongside contemporary surrealist poets like Selima Hill and Vahni Capildeo. Russell’s prose-poems are lucid, wry and affable. Essential reading.” — Charlie Baylis: editor, Anthropocene, Broken Sleep Books, poet, Drag City. “The narrator keeps changing name tags (Jolene is maybe my favourite) as we weave in and out of various stories at a convention of conferences at a hotel. A paper on The New Jersey Crumb Coffee Cake, the River Clyde “with the Squinty Bridge in the foreground,” a riverboat casino turned Museum of The American Civil War, a group of sociologists hoping to sing Dolly Parton hits. In the spirit of James Tate and Donald Barthelme, these surreal-absurd tales are full of wonder, wit, & delight. Come to the River is rooms within rooms. A welcoming wild ride.” — Marcus Slease: author Puppy, Never Mind the Beasts, The Green Monk. “Come to the River offers a series of mini dramas where a dislocated and disorientated narrative self continually challenges and is challenged by conventional thinking and perception. Set at an academic conference, each drama probes the impact of socially conditioned responses to various situations with comic and diverting endings. This thought-provoking collection is a comedic tour de force, where absurdity, a troubled fluidity and alternative realities become the norm to demonstrate the follies of conditioned behaviour and thinking. Mark Russell’s fresh and divergent poetry simultaneously makes you smile and think. This is a comedy of errors with a punch and punch bowl at its heart.” -- David Caddy: poet, writer, critic, editor, Tears in the Fence


Publication Date
Feb 10, 2023
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Mark Russell, Edited by: Beir Bua Press, Cover design or artwork by: Michelle Moloney King


Interior Color
Black & White
A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in / 148 x 210 mm)

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