Portrait is the debut poetry collection by Tracy Patrick.
'Portrait arose in no small part out of my diagnosis with genetic cardiomyopathy at the age of forty-two. How I processed my memories and the world around me, including art and poetry, began to change; I wrote (and read) holding in mind the sense of my own mortality. The poems here reflect this ongoing conversation with myself. I love working within constraints, testing the elasticity of language and expression. Portrait is a search for meaning within structure and the disintegration of structure (and vice versa), as well as for the language of self-honesty.'
'Intelligent, funny and irreverent, this is one of finest collections of poems ever made in modern Scotland... Her voice captures uniquely the fragile joy of being alive.' Dr Jim Ferguson
'It is safe to say that there is not one dishonest sentence in this dazzling and long overdue debut collection... truthful, inventive and constantly surprising... Do read it.' A C Clarke.
'In sickness and in health, these smart, wry, confiding poems, some of them in Scots, adopt a tough but tender, often subversive stance... A very good book, that makes for very good company; to be sought out again and again. Brava!' Donny O'Rourke.
Cover painting by Louise Malone
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Published by earth love press