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IN MY DREAMS AGAIN

BRIAN DOCHERTY

PAPERBACK 6" X 9" 90pp ISBN 9781 - 326 - 98538 - 7

 

Brian Docherty was born in Glasgow, lived in north London for many years, and now lives on the Sussex coast as part of a growing community of writers, musicians and artists. He was educated at Middlesex Polytechnic, the University of Essex, London University Institute of Education, and St. Mary’s University College. He has had a range of jobs, including civil servant, hospital storeman, lecturer and creative writing tutor. His previous books include Armchair Theatre, (Hearing Eye, 1999), Desk with a View, (Hearing Eye, 2008), Woke Up This Morning, (Smokestack Books, 2012), and Independence Day, (Penniless Press, 2015),

 

In My Dreams, Again is Brian Docherty’s fifth full collection of new poems, written in north London over several years. Once again, he takes the reader on a journey to places some readers

might be familiar with, and some detours and side trips. His favourite locations, such as San Francisco, are on the tour itinerary, narrated in the blend of politics, social comment and black humour for which his work is noted, but there might also be a few surprises along the way. 

 

Brian Docherty is a resident alien . . . Woke up this Morning is a hitch-hiker’s guide to cultural alienation and appropriation, from Glasgow to San Francisco and back. It is a book about real and imagined journeys to other worlds that always seem less alien than our own, a series of studies in estrangement and exile – Stanley Spencer in Cookham, Dracula in Whitby, Gauguin on Tahiti, Muddy Waters in Chicago. (Andy Croft, New Poetry column, Morning Star)

 

Brian Docherty is a poet with a rather original way of seeing the world. Sometimes this leads him to begin a poem with an intriguing point-blank assertion (which he may go on to substantiate); and sometimes it causes him to veer off from his apparent themes along unexpected tangential digressions. His poems can be enigmatic; and yet they can also have the pithiness of epigrams.

 

Docherty has a distinctive voice and the subtlety of his observations means that his work repays re-reading. (Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, London Grip), reviewing Independence Day.

 

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