The death of a clown

Tom Bland


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Bad Betty Press
28 November 2018
ISBN: 9781999714758
50 pages

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Poetry School Books of 2018 longlist

‘Clowns, ketamine, erotic asphyxia—there’s something for everyone. These poems describe a world where something true and liberating might emerge out of the extremes of experience.’ Mark Waldron

‘Tom’s poems are a joy to read. Unsettling, engaging, and often profound, they are incisive and surprise with sharp pivots and stark imagery.’ Anthony Joseph

Tom Bland’s The Death of a Clown is an audacious and essential take on authenticity, alienation and sexuality that simultaenously estranges itself from and relates to its audience. Audience, rather than readers—this book is performance, mask, role play, seminar, B movie and YouTube clip. A peep hole into the most shocking of all our roles: human.